The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

Readers will find excerpts from bestsellers such as Douglas R.

Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach, Francis Crick's Life Itself, Loren Eiseley's The Immense Journey, Daniel Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Rachel Carson's The Sea Around Us. There are classic essays ranging from J.B.S. Haldane's "On Being the Right Size" and Garrett Hardin's "The Tragedy of the Commons" to Alan Turing's "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" and Albert Einstein's famed New York Times article on "Relativity." And readers will also discover er-known but engaging pieces such as Lewis Thomas's "Seven Wonders of Science," J.

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It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength." Other articles express well the great humility that comes to many scientists when they grasp how small our place is in the universe, and the huge amount that remains to be learned. But all in all, this is one great book.

Richard Dawkins never the less makes the noble and very worthwhile attempt to collect some of the very best that science has to offer from the scientist themselves. The book itself is a collection of over a hundred short passages, excerpts, essays, and even a few poems taken from the likes of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Francis Crick, Stephen Gould, Brian Greene, Jared Diamond, Alan Turning, Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, Primo Levi, the list goes on and on. Just this alone would make a great collection, but Dawkins also includes the men and women that contributed so much to the worlds of astronomy, oceanography, evolution, particle physics, and genetics that most and certainly I have never had the pleasure of coming across before.

In the popular mind, Richard Dawkins is most notorious as the author of The God Delusion and a public promoter of atheism. Although more than a couple of essays have a tangential relevance to this theme, there is little or no direct promotion of atheism in this book. There are dozens of pieces here, each with a short introduction by Dawkins himself.

At the very least they give the reader a place to start looking, and as a whole, they clearly illustrate what Dawkins set out to explain: how scientists think, and why science is fucking interesting.

  • English

  • Science

  • Rating: 4.12
  • Pages: 419
  • Publish Date: June 15th 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
  • Isbn10: 0199216800
  • Isbn13: 9780199216802