|The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
Richard Dawkins (editor)
|The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is an anthology of fine writing by scientists from the early 20th century to the present day, personally selected and with a commentary by Richard Dawkins.
By turns uplifting, witty, thought-provoking, amusing; speculative, cogently argued or skilfully explained; passionate or coolly elegant, this is a richly varied collection of excerpts, some from classic works, others now rarely seen, to treasure and return to again and again.
This sparkling collection of writing reveals how many of the best scientists have displayed as much imagination and skill with words as they have with equations or experiments. Here are writings by D’Arcy Thompson, Sir Arthur Eddington, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Stephen Jay Gould, J.B.S. Haldane, G.H. Hardy, Loren Eiseley, Rachel Carson, Stephen Hawking, Primo Levi, Peter Medawar, Roger Penrose, Steven Pinker, Martin Rees, Erwin Schrödinger, Alan Turing, and Francis Crick, among many others. The topics range from relativity, many dimensions, and many possible universes, to playful explorations of Gödel’s theorem, lost Cambrian shores, flowers, sand piles, thermodynamics, and the uniqueness of being human.
Selected and introduced with personal commentaries by Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing brings together extracts and short pieces from a variety of scientific works from the early 20th century on. Together, they capture the allure of understanding the world through science, to give a taste of the imagination and ideas, the constant striving and the discoveries and reflections that have ever driven science. Framed in this modern treasury, they also reflect the power and importance of the communication of science in the modern world and the lasting value of fine, clear, often literary science writing in a world rapidly changing through science and its applications.