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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It is only superficially paradoxical to begin our celebration by cutting humanity down to size, and no science puts us in our place better than astronomy. I begin with a fragment from James Jeans's 1930 book, The Mysterious Universe, ...
Thus, over time, populations will come to consist of the better adapted organisms. And, as circumstances change, different adaptations become advantageous, gradually giving rise to divergent forms of life. The key to all of this—to how ...
Hence heredity is better described as the transmission of self-reproducing entities, genes. The oldest and simplest method of studying heredity is, nevertheless, to observe resemblances and differences within and between families.
Darwin, who knew better, would have said 'for the good of the individual in the struggle for survival and reproduction against rival members of the same species'. It was Williams, especially in the passage extracted here, who powerfully ...
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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
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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