The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing Paperback – Nov 19 2009
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Review from previous edition: "A brilliant collection... If you could only ever read one science book, this should probably be it." --New Scientist 01/03/2008
"The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing edited by Richard Dawkins, come up trumps... It is to be hoped that many will not only read this excellent volume but will then go on to read in their entirety some of the individual works themeselves. That is the ultimate success of any anthology." --Mary Strickland. Chemistry World May 2008
"A sparkling anthology." --David Sinclair, Tribune 18/04/08
"The book makes for a fascinating browse, but it could also inspire as a bed-time volume, filling the readers' dreams with exploding stars and tiny atoms." --Peter Ranscombe, The Scotsman 19/04/08
"This is a superb collection... it's a damn good read even if you're only marginally interested in science. I love this book...it's a must-read that will surely make a major contribution to the public understanding of science." --BBC Focus (science and technology). John Gribbin 01/05/08
"For the science-savvy. it's like a gigantic prize-giving-cum-back-slap. For the science-phobic, it's a banner-waving call to come on in and give it a try." --Jonathan Gibbs, Metro London 19.03.08
"Beautiful volume...A labour of love." --Steven Poole, The Guardian 26/04/2008
"A glorius celebration of literary scientists." --Harry Richie Mail on Sunday 30/03/2008
"It is a real treasure trove of unexpected pleasures." --Sunday Telegraph. Kenan Malik 13/04/2008
"This isn't Dawkins as the centre of attention but as a benign and generous guide to the best science writing, with commentaries from the master." --Peter Forbes, The Independent 16 May 2008
About the Author
Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. His bestselling books include The God Delusion (2006); The Selfish Gene (1976); The Extended Phenotype (1982); The Blind Watchmaker (1986); Unweaving the Rainbow (1998); and The Ancestor's Tale (2004). Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005.
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This would be a great Christmas gift for anyone with a broad general interest in science, whether or not they had any formal education in these fields of study.
An eye opener, even for the most open minded and scientifically minded among us, this book was a joy for me to read and a source of exquisite literary jewels to which I will surely come back, frequently.
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I work for a university and find myself writing about faculty's scientific work often. I bought this book and "A Field Guide for Science Writers" at the same time. While the field guide is directly applicable to my vocation, I had a hard time putting down Dawkins' book. It is an amazing collection of intriguing and, at times, exceptionally elegant writing.
I have read several of the selected works already and now have several more on my read pile.
Another reviewer gave this book lesser ratings because the binding was tight. I agree. If we are talking about the physical production, I would say that part of that is because the pages are sturdy - which is a good thing.
The only caveat I would offer is that without the context of the entirety of the selected works, a moderate amount of scientific literacy is necessary to fully appreciate some of the selections. If you enjoy learning and researching the things you don't already understand, even people who aren't well versed in science will appreciate the selections. Everyone should appreciate the prosaic treatment of such complex subjects.
If you enjoy science or good writing, this is a must have, IMO.
The book itself is a compilation of OTHER science writers about THEIR work.
Personally, my interests lie in biology, but this book has opened my eyes to the world of astronomy, physics and.. dare I say.. Mathematics?
Consider this book as a greatest hits CD of all the best musicians of this century, its worth it to read and the actual quality of the book itself is awesome. Very thick, quality pages.
This book makes me want to learn more, so In my eyes, it is an inspiration.