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Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

ISBN-10: 0199216800
ISBN-13: 9780199216802
Edition: 2008
Authors: Richard Dawkins
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Boasting almost one hundred pieces, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a breathtaking celebration of the finest writing by scientists--the best such collection in print--packed with scintillating essays on everything from "the discovery of Lucy" to "the terror and vastness of the universe." Edited by best-selling author and renowned scientist Richard Dawkins, this sterling collection brings together exhilarating pieces by a who's who of scientists and science writers, including Stephen Pinker, Stephen Jay Gould, Martin Gardner, Albert Einstein, Julian Huxley, and many dozens more. Readers will find excerpts from bestsellers such as Douglas R. Hofstadter's Godel, 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 lesser-known but engaging pieces such as Lewis Thomas's "Seven Wonders of Science," J. Robert Oppenheimer on "War and Physicists," and Freeman Dyson's memoir of studying under Hans Bethe. A must-read volume for all science buffs, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a rich and vibrant anthology that captures the poetry and excitement of scientific thought and discovery.

Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

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The Mysterious Universe
Just Six Numbers
Creation Revisited
The Ant And The Peacock
The Genetical Theory Of Natural Selection
Mankind Evolving
Adaptation And Natural Selection
Life Itself
Genome
'Theoretical Biology In The Third Millennium'
The Language Of The Genes
'On Being The Right Size'
The Explanation Of Organic Diversity
'The Importance Of The Nervous System In The Evolution Of Animal Flight'
Man In The Universe
On Growth And Form
The Meaning Of Evolution
Trilobite!
The Mind Machine
Mirrors In Mind
'One Self: A Meditation On The Unlty Of Consciousness'
From The Language Instinct And How The Mind Works
The Rise And Fall Of The Third Chimpanzee
The Life Of The Robin
Curious Naturalists
Social Evo Lution
The Open Sea
The Sea Around Us
How Flowers Changed The World'
The Diversity Of Life
The Expanding Universe
Foreword To G. H. Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology
Disturbing The Universe
'War And The Nations'
'A Passion For Crystals'
'Said Ryle To Hoyle'
'Cancer's A Funny Thing'
The Identity Of Man
'Science And Literature, 'Darwin's Illness, 'the Phenomenon Of Man, The Postscript To 'Lucky Jim, and 'D'arcy Thompson and Growth and Form'
Self7made Man
Origins Reconsidered
Lucy
'Worm For A Century, And All Seasons'
Life Cycles
Uncle Tungsten
'Seven Wonders'
Avoid Boring People
What Mad Pursuit
The Unnatural Nature Of Science
Essays Of A Biologist
'Religion And Scjence'
The Demon-haunted World
The Character Of Physical Law
Erwin Schrodinger From What Is Life?
Darwin's Dangerous Idea And Consciousness Explajned
The Growth Of Biological Thought
'The Tragedy Of The Commons'
Geometry For The Selfish Herd And Narrow Roads Of Geneland
How Nature Works
The Fantastic Combinations Of John Conway's New Solitaire Game 'life'
Mathematics For The Million
The Miraculous Jar
The Mathematical Theory Of Communication
Computing Machinery And Intelligence
'What Is The Theory Of Relatlvity?'
Mr Tompkins
The Goldilocks Enigma
The Time And Space Of Uncle Albert
The Elegant Universe
A Brief History Of Time
Truth And Beauty
A Mathematician's Apology
Dreams Of A Final Theory
The Life Of The Cosmos
The Emperor's New Mind
Godel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid
Geons, Black Holes, And Quantum Foam
The Fabric Of Reality
The Periodic Table
Life: An Unauthorized Biography
The Meaning Of Evolution
Little Men And Flying Saucers
Pale Blue Dot
Index

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