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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (Oxford Landmark Science) Paperback – October 4, 2009
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"Impressive...There's no fluff here, it's all solid scientific thought, research and writing." --Wired.com
About the Author
Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford. His bestselling books include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and The Ancestor's Tale. Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature.
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While reading it I repeatedly inserted markers into articles that I wished to re-read. In fact, I shall probably read the whole book again and refer to it repeatedly. What particularly fascinated me was the revelation that a quantum of energy appears to us under two aspects: as a wave or as a particle, but never both at the same time. This discovery accords perfectly with Spinoza's dual aspect theory.
My selection of five-star articles is as follows: `Life Itself', by Francis Crick; `One Self: a Meditation on the Unity of Consciousness' by Nicholas Humphrey; `The Language Instinct', by Steven Pinker; `Avoid Boring People' by James Watson; `Consciousness Explained' by Daniel Dennett; `The Fantastic Combinations of John Conway's new solitaire game "Life"' by Martin Gardner; `Computing Machinery and Intelligence' by Alan Turing; `The Goldilocks Enigma' by Paul Davies; `The Elegant Universe' by Bryan Green, and `Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid' by Douglas Hofstadter.
Having been brought up in an evangelical environment, and having had a taste of Roman Catholicism as well, I can only say that there is no contest between the brilliance, lucidity, humility and open-mindedness of the scientists quoted in this anthology and the tendentious, hubristic, convoluted, ill-founded speculations of theologians - few of whom will have the courage to read this book.
The introductions by Richard Dawkins are excellent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You don't hear much of Dawkins in this book, aside from his notes about the writings. If you are interested in science and want to get very broad exposure to some of the best... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Griffin C
What a fine compilation of texts from witty scientists; a bunch of smart people sharing thrilling breakthroughs and the means they used to do so. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
I am using this edition in my English course of Science and Nature writing. We've started with the "What Scientist Study" and the subject matter is intense and very... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dave Jones
If you have a perfect geometric view of reality and a highly polished Cartesian rationalism, then this is for you. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Allan Eaddy