The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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  • Copyright: 10/4/2009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Featured Writers and Extractsp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
What Scientists Study
The Mysterious Universep. 3
Just Six Numbersp. 4
Creation Revisitedp. ll
The Ant and The Peacockp. 16
The Genetical Theory of Natural Selectionp. 18
Mankind Evolvingp. 22
Adaptation and Natural Selectionp. 27
Life Itselfp. 30
Genomep. 35
'Theoretical Biology in The Third Millennium'p. 40
The Language of The Genesp. 48
'On Being The Right Size'p. 53
The Explanation of Organic Diversityp. 59
'The Importance of The Nervous System In The Evolution Of Animal Flight'p. 61
Man In The Universep. 66
On Growth and Formp. 69
The Meaning of Evolutionp. 78
Trilobite!p. 82
The Mind Machinep. 86
Mirrors In Mindp. 89
'One Self: A Meditation on The Unity of Consciousness'p. 96
The Language Instinct and How The Mind Worksp. 103
The Rise and Fall of The Third Chimpanzeep. 110
The Life of The Robinp. 114
Curious Naturalistsp. 115
Social Evolutionp. 123
The Open Seap. 127
The Sea Around Usp. 130
'How Flowers Changed The World'p. 138
The Diversity of Lifep. 143
Who Scientists Are
The Expanding Universep. 151
The Foreword to C. H. Hardy's A Mathematician's Apologyp. 152
Disturbing The Universep. 157
'War and The Nations'p. 161
'A Passion for Crystals'p. 168
'Said Ryle to Hoyle'p. 172
'Cancer's A Funny Thing'p. 174
The Identity of Manp. 176
'Science and Literature', 'Darwin's Illness', 'The Phenomenon Of Man', the postscript to 'Lucky Jim', and 'D'Arcy Thompson and Growth and Form'p. 179
Self-Made Manp. 188
Origins Reconsideredp. 190
Lucyp. 195
'Worm For A Century, and All Seasons'p. 200
Life Cyclesp. 211
Uncle Tungstenp. 214
'Seven Wonders'p. 219
Avoid Boring Peoplep. 226
What Mad Pursuitp. 229
The Unnatural Nature of Sciencep. 232
Essays of a Biologistp. 234
'Religion and Science'p. 235
The Dem On-Haunted Worldp. 239
What Scientists Think
The Character of Physical Lawp. 247
What Is Life?p. 249
Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Consciousness Explainedp. 254
The Growth of Biological Thoughtp. 259
'The Tragedy of The Commons'p. 263
Geometry For The Selfish Herd and Narrow Roads Of Genelandp. 266
How Nature Worksp. 273
The Fantastic Combinations of John Conway's New Solitaire Game 'Life'p. 276
Mathematics For The Millionp. 284
The Miraculous Jarp. 289
The Mathematical Theory of Communicationp. 297
Computing Machinery and Intelligencep. 305
'What Is The Theory of Relativity?'p. 314
Mr Tompkinsp. 317
The Goldilocks Enigmap. 323
The Time And Space of Uncle Albertp. 332
The Elegant Universep. 336
A Brief History Of Timep. 342
What Scientists Delight In
Truth and Beautyp. 349
A Mathematician's Apologyp. 352
Dreams of A Final Theoryp. 357
The Life of The Cosmosp. 362
The Emperor's New Mindp. 367
Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braidp. 371
Geons, Black Holes, And Quantum Foamp. 378
The Fabric of Realityp. 381
The Periodic Tablep. 383
Life: An Unauthorized Biographyp. 390
The Meaning of Evolutionp. 392
Little Men and Flying Saucersp. 393
Pale Blue Dotp. 394
Acknowledgementsp. 397
Indexp. 401
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