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The Oxford book of modern science writing

The Oxford book of modern science writing

Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Selected and introduced by Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a rich and vibrant anthology celebrating the finest writing by scientists for a wider audience - revealing  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Dawkins
ISBN: 9780199216819 0199216819
OCLC Number: 945085202
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: 2008.
Description: xviii, 419 pages : illustrations
Contents: Part I. What scientists study: James Jeans, from The mysterious universe --
Martin Rees, from Just six numbers --
Peter Atkins, from Creation revisited --
Helena Cronin, from The ant and the peacock --
R.A. Fisher, from The genetical theory of natural selection --
Theodosius Dobzhansky, from Mankind evolving --
G.C. Williams, from Adaptation and natural selection --
Francis Crick, from Life itself --
Matt Ridley, from Genome --
'Theoretical biology in the third millennium' / Sydney Brenner --
Steve Jones, from The language of the genes --
J.B.S. Haldane, from 'On being the right size' --
Mark Ridley, from The explanation of organic diversity --
'The importance of the nervous system in the evolution of animal flight' / John Maynard Smith --
Fred Hoyle, from Man in the universe --
D'Arcy Thompson, from On growth and form --
G.G. Simpson, from The meaning of evolution --
Richard Fortey, from Trilobite! --
Colin Blakemore, from The mind machine --
Richard Gregory, from Mirrors in mind --
'One self : a meditation on the unity of consciousness' / Nicholas Humphrey --
Steven Pinker, from The language instinct, and How the mind works --
Jared Diamond, from The rise and fall of the third chimpanzee --
David Lack, from The life of the robin --
Niko Tinbergen, from Curious naturalists --
Robert Trivers, from Social evolution --
Alister Hardy, from The open sea --
Rachel Carson, from The sea around us --
Loren Eiseley, from 'How flowers changed the world' --
Edward O. Wilson, from The diversity of life. Part II. Who scientists are: Arthur Eddington, from The expanding universe --
C.P. Snow, from the foreword to G.H. Hardy's A mathematician's apology --
Freeman Dyson, from Disturbing the universe --
J. Robert Oppenheimer, from 'War and the nations' --
'A passion for crystals' / Max F. Perutz --
'Said Ryle to Hoyle' / Barbara and George Gamow --
'Cancer's a funny thing' / J.B.S. Haldane --
Jacob Bronowski, from The identity of man --
Peter Medawar, from 'Science and literature', 'Darwin's illness', 'The phenomenon of man', the postscript to 'Lucky Jim', and 'D'Arcy Thompson and growth and form' --
Jonathan Kingdon, from Self-made man --
Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin, from Origins reconsidered --
Donald C. Johanson and Maitland A. Edey, from Lucy --
'Worm for a century, and all seasons' / Stephen Jay Gould --
John Tyler Bonner, from Life cycles --
Oliver Sacks, from Uncle Tungsten --
'Seven wonders' / Lewis Thomas --
James Watson, from Avoid boring people --
Francis Crick, from What mad pursuit --
Lewis Wolpert, from The unnatural nature of science --
Julian Huxley, from Essays of a biologist --
'Religion and science' / Albert Einstein --
Carl Sagan, from The demon-haunted world. Part III. What scientists think: Richard Feynman, from The character of physical law --
Erwin Schrödinger, from What is life? --
Daniel Dennett, from Darwin's dangerous idea, and Consciousness explained --
Ernst Mayr, from The growth of biological thought --
Garrett Hardin, from 'The tragedy of the commons' --
W.D. Hamilton, from Geometry for the selfish herd, and Narrow roads of geneland --
Per Bak, from How nature works --
The fantastic combinations of John Conway's new solitaire game 'life' / Martin Gardner --
Lancelot Hogben, from Mathematics for the million --
Ian Stewart, from The miraculous jar --
Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver, from The mathematical theory of communication --
Alan Turing, from Computing machinery and intelligence --
Albert Einstein, from 'What is the theory of relativity?' --
George Gamow, from Mr. Tompkins --
Paul Davies, from The Goldilocks enigma --
Russell Stannard, from The time and space of Uncle Albert --
Brian Greene, from The elegant universe --
Stephen Hawking, from A brief history of time. Part IV. What scientists delight in: S. Chandrasekhar, from Truth and beauty --
G.H. Hardy, from A Mathematician's apology --
Steven Weinberg, from Dreams of a final theory --
Lee Smolin, from The life of the cosmos --
Roger Penrose, from The emperor's new mind --
Douglas Hofstadter, from Gödel, Escher, Bach : the eternal golden braid --
John Archibald Wheeler with Kenneth Ford, from Geons, black holes, and quantum foam --
David Deutsch, from The fabric of reality --
Primo Levi, from The periodic table --
Richard Fortey, from Life : an unauthorized biography --
George Gaylord Simpson, from The meaning of evolution --
Loren Eiseley, from Little men and flying saucers --
Carl Sagan, from Pale blue dot.
Other Titles: Modern science writing
Responsibility: selected by Richard Dawkins.


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