Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2011-11-08
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Join Bill Bryson on an unforgettable exploration of scientific genius, discovery, and invention. Edited and introduced by Bryson, with, original contributions from "a glittering array of scientific writing talent" (Sunday Observer), Seeing Further tells the spectacular story of modern science through the lens of the international Royal Society founded on a damp November night in London in 1660. Isaac Newton, John Locke, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking-all have been fellows. Its members have split the atom, discovered the double helix and the electron, and given us the computer and the World Wide Web. Gorgeously illustrated with photographs, documents, and treasures from the Society's exclusive archives, Seeing Further is an unprecedented celebration of the power of ideas.

Author Biography

Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

Introduction & Acknowledgmentsp. 1
At The Beginning: More Things In Heaven And Earthp. 17
Of The Madness Oe Mad Scientists: Jonathan Swift's Grand Academyp. 37
Lost In Space: The Spiritual Crisis Oe Newtonian Cosmologyp. 59
Atoms Of Cognition: Metaphysics In The Royal Society. 1715-2010p. 83
What's In A Name? Rivalries And The Birth Op Modern Sciencep. 107
Charged Atmospheres: Promethean Science And The Royal Societyp. 131
A New Age Of Elight: Joseph Banks Goes Ballooningp. 157
Archives Oe Life: Science And Collectionsp. 183
Darwin's Live Bridges: The Way To Natural Selectionp. 203
Images Of Progress: Conferences Oe Engineersp. 229
X-Rayvisions: Structural. Biologists And Social Action In The Twentieth Centuryp. 251
Ten Thousand Wedges: Biodiversity. Naturae Selection And Random Changep. 273
Making Stuff: From Bacon To Rakelitep. 295
Just Typical: Our Changing Place In The Universep. 321
Behind The Scenes: The Hidden Mathematics That Rules Our Worldp. 341
Simple, Really- From Simplicity To Complexity - And Back Againp. 361
Globe And Sphere. Cycles And Plows: How To See The Worldp. 385
Beyond Ending: Looking Into The Voidp. 405
Confidence. Consensus And The Uncertainty Cops: Tackling Risk Management In Climate Changep. 425
Time: The Winged Chariotp. 445
Conclusion: Looking Fifty Years Aheadp. 467
Further Readingp. 486
List Of Illustrationsp. 490
Indexp. 491
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