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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... for example, Victor Stenger, a physicist for whom I also have a very high regard) believe that their precise values are crucial to the existence of a universe capable of producing biological evolution of some kind.
When it is geared through chains of events it can produce civilizations. The naturalness of the tendency of energy to spread can be appreciated by thinking of a crowd of atoms jostling. Localized energy, energy in a circumscribed region ...
The key to all of this—to how natural selection is able to produce its wondrous results—is the power of many, many small but cumulative changes. Natural selection cannot jump from the primaeval soup to orchids and ants all in one go, ...
... the task of constructing a particulate theory of inheritance, he would have been led, on the basis of a few very simple assumptions, to produce a system identical with the modern scheme of Mendelian or factorial inheritance.
The heterozygote when mated to either kind of homozygote would produce both heterozygotes and homozygotes in a ratio which, with increasing numbers of offspring, must tend to equality, while if two heterozygotes were mated, ...
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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