The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
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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Peter Forbes, The Independent 'The book makes for a fascinating browser, but it could also inspire as a bed-time volume, filling the readers' dreams with exploding stars and tiny atoms.' Peter Ranscombe, The Scotsman 'A glorious ...
... our place invokes the mythical symbol of the ouraborus to situate us exactly in the middle of the (logarithmic) spectrum of magnitudes ranging from the astronomical to the sub-atomic. I shall revert to this later in the book, ...
Large Numbers and Diverse Scales mass We are each made up of between 1028 and 1029 atoms. This 'human scale' is, in a numerical sense, poised midway between the masses of atoms and stars. It would take roughly as many human bodies to ...
On the left in the illustration are the atoms and subatomic particles; this is the 'quantum world'. On the right are planets, stars and galaxies. This book will highlight some remarkable interconnections between the microscales on the ...
The way stars shine depends on the nuclei within those atoms. ... Processes in an atom may take a millionth of a billionth of a second to be completed; within the central nucleus of each atom, events are even faster.
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LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - stretch - LibraryThing
How do you pick the best science writing of the twentieth century? Really it all comes down to a matter of opinion, which almost always results in the complaint and special pleading for authors and ... Ler resenha completa
LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - JanetinLondon - LibraryThing
I got this book from the library, thinking it would be a series of essays on different aspects of science. However, it turned out to be a completely different sort of book – short extracts from books ... Ler resenha completa
PART II WHO SCIENTISTS ARE
PART III WHAT SCIENTISTS THINK
PART IV WHAT SCIENTISTS DELIGHT IN