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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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  • An anthology of diverse and inspiring pieces to browse and to treasure, confirming science writing as a literary genre of its own
  • Captures the poetry and excitement of scientific understanding and discovery from 1900 to the present day
  • Each essay or extract has been selected and is personally introduced by Richard Dawkins, producing a collection that is as wide-ranging and intellectually substantial as it is pleasureable to read
  • Includes extracts from the works of J.B.S. Haldane, Stephen Jay Gould, Albert Einstein, D'Arcy Thompson, Alan Turing, Richard Feynman, C.P. Snow, James Watson, Martin Rees, Steve Pinker, Jared DIamond, and Erwin Schrodinger among others

Series: Oxford Landmark Science

By: Richard Dawkins(Editor)

418 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Sep 2009 | #180043 | ISBN-13: 9780199216819
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Hardback | Mar 2008 | #170827 | ISBN-13: 9780199216802
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About this book

Selected and introduced by Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a celebration of the finest writing by scientists for a wider audience – revealing that many of the best scientists have displayed as much imagination and skill with the pen as they have in the laboratory.

This is a rich and vibrant collection that captures the poetry and excitement of communicating scientific understanding and scientific effort from 1900 to the present day. Professor Dawkins has included writing from a diverse range of scientists, some of whom need no introduction, and some of whose works have become modern classics, while others may be less familiar – but all convey the passion of great scientists writing about their science.

"A compendium of some of the most illuminating thinking of the past 100 years."
– Eureka, The Times

"A feast for many long evenings."
– Katie Owen, The Sunday Telegraph

"Engaging selection."
– Christopher Hirst, The Independent

"Richard Dawkins has done a wonderful job."
– Nicholas Lezard, Saturday Guardian

"Stunning anthology."
The Times

"If you could only ever read one science book, this should probably be it".
– Amanda Gefter, New Scientist (March 2008)


Part I: The Natural World
Part II: Science and Scientists
Part III: Concepts
Part IV: Truth, Beauty, Imagination

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Richard Dawkins is Former Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University; Fellow of New College, Oxford; Fellow of the Royal Society; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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