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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Atoms are assembled into complex molecules; these react, via complex pathways in every cell, and indirectly lead to the entire interconnected structure that makes up a tree, an insect or a human. We straddle the cosmos and the ...
A universe that didn't involve large numbers could never evolve a complex hierarchy of structures: it would be dull, and certainly not habitable. And there must be long timespans as well. Processes in an atom may take a millionth of a ...
The converse, however, is that an even weaker gravity could allow even more elaborate and longer-lived structures to develop. Gravity is the organizing force for the cosmos ... [It] is crucial in allowing structure to unfold from a Big ...
The deep structure of change is decay. What decays is not the quantity but the quality of energy. I shall explain what is meant by high quality energy, but for the present think of it as energy that is localized, and potent to effect ...
We may think that there are reasons for specific changes in the location of energy (such as a change of structure, as in the opening of a flower); but at root, all there is, is degradation by dispersal. Suppose that in some region there ...
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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