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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From 1967 to 1969 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, returning as University Lecturer and later Reader in Zoology at New College, Oxford, before becoming the first holder of the Simonyi Chair.
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 block itself, that it is much more probable that at all later times the energy of the block will be found (or lost) dispersed. Illusions of purpose are captured by the model. We may think that there are reasons why one change occurs ...
The opening pages of Fisher's The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection lack the explicit mathematics of later parts of the book, but you can tell that the biologist in whose presence we find ourselves was a mathematician first.
The passage I have chosen is from one of his later books, Mankind Evolving (1962), which influenced me when I was an undergraduate and heard him give a lecture at Oxford as the guest of E. B. Ford. Dobzhansky's chapter is a lucid ...
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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