The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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Edited by Richard Dawkins

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 34mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199216819
  • ISBN 13: 9780199216819
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: numerous figures
  • Sales rank: 19,300

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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.

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Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. His bestselling books include The God Delusion (2006); The Selfish Gene (1976); The Extended Phenotype (1982); The Blind Watchmaker (1986); Unweaving the Rainbow (1998); and The Ancestor's Tale (2004). Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005.

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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

Table of contents

PART I: WHAT SCIENTISTS STUDY ; PART II: WHO SCIENTISTS ARE ; PART III: WHAT SCIENTISTS THINK ; PART IV: WHAT SCIENTISTS DELIGHT IN