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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879758538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879758530
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Great Essays in Science Martin Gardner has collected essays by 32 great scientists and science writers. This excellent assortment of well-written, uncut pieces features Albert Einstein on "E=mc2," G. K. Chesterton on "The Logic of Elfland," Sigmund Freud on dreams, and Rachel Carson on the sea. Gardner, one of the best science writers and most insightful readers of the 20th century, thoughtfully introduces each essay. Originally published in 1957 and slightly updated in 1984, this reissued edition is unchanged in providing, as Gardner promises, "absorbing, thought-disturbing pieces that have something important to say about science and say it forcefully and well."

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Martin Gardner, the creator of Scientific American’s "Mathematical Games" column, which he wrote for more than twenty-five years, is the author of almost one hundred books, including The Annotated Ancient Mariner, Martin Gardner’s Favorite Poetic Parodies, From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr., and Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. For many years he was also a contributing editor to the Skeptical Inquirer.

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These science excerpts are must-read by anyone interested in science... I think reading those collections will give you a deeper idea of what science is..
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Mulford on June 12, 2000
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'Great Essays in Science' is a fantastic collection of great works of writing by some of the greatest thinkers of our time. This book is a definitely read not only for anyone who considers themselves to be any kind of scientist, but for anyone who has ever heard of people such as Darwin and Einstein. These are works by the men we all know, but here is a chance to hear their own thoughts on their science and it's implications. From discussing the amorality of nature to dream interpretation to talking about the implications of science for religion and vice versa this book covers all area of our lives and culture. This book should be considered required reading for anyone who considers themselves and informed member of our society!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Lundberg on July 20, 2006
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I have read science excerpts on SAT tests, which is what I would have imagined if someone said "Essay in Science" until I found two anthologies of science essays: Galileo's Commandment and Great Essays in Science. This is a must for anyone in science who would like some nontechnical science writing. It can be relaxing, entertaining, diverting, humorous, and stimulating.
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