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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I shall revert to this later in the book, when I discuss the difficulties experienced by the evolved human mind as we try to understand the extreme realms of science far from the middle ground in which our ancestors survived.
The human eye, the brain, our instincts, are legacies of natural selection's victories, embodiments of the cumulative experience of the past. And this biological inheritance has enabled us to build a new inheritance: a cultural ascent, ...
My genes have indeed determined what I am, but only in the sense that, given the succession of environments and experiences that were mine, a carrier of a different set of genes might have become unlike myself. It is sometimes said that ...
Socrates consisted of the genes his parents gave him, the experiences they and his environment later provided, and a growth and development mediated by numerous meals. For all I know, he may 28 . WHAT SCIENTISTS STUDY.
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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