The Oxford book of modern science writting
Posted by cienciayficcion en 17/09/2009
- Dawkins, Richard (ed. lit.): The Oxford book of modern science writting. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
This sparkling collection of writting reveals how many of the best scientists have displayed as much imagination and skill with words as they have with equations or experiments. Here are writtings by D’Arcy Thompson, Sir Arthur Eddington, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Stephen Jay Gould, J.B.S. Haldane, G.H. Hardy, Loren Eiseley, Rachel Carson, Stephen Hawking, Primo Levi, Peter Medawar, Roger Penrose, Steven Pinker, Martin Rees, Erwin Schrödinger, Alan Turing, and Francis Crick, among many others. The topics range from relativity, many dimensions, and many possible universes, to playful explorations of Gödel’s theorem, lost Cambrian shores, flowers, sand piles, wet towels and thermodynamics, and the uniqueness of being human.
Selected and introduced with personal commentaries by Richard Dawkins, The Oxford book of modern science writting brings together extracts and short pieces from a variety of scientific works from the early 20th century on. Together, they capture the allure of understanding the world through science, to give a taste of the imagination and ideas, the constant striving, and the discoveries and reflections that have ever driven science. Framed in this modern treasury, they also reflect the power and importance of the communication of science in the modern world, and the lasting value of fine, clear, often literary science writing in a world rapidly changing through science and its applications.