The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing


Richard Dawkins

Want to read. Bought for myself, it's waiting around to be read.


Part 1: "What Scientists Study"Edit

  • Extract from The Mysterious Universe, James Jeans
  • Extract from Just Six Numbers, Martin Rees
  • Extract from Creation Revisited, Peter Atkins
  • Extract from The Ant and the Peacock, Helena Cronin
  • Extract from The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, R. A. Fisher
  • Extract from Mankind Evolving, Theodosius Dobzhansky
  • Extract from Adaptation and Natural Selection, G. C. Williams
  • Extract from Life Itself, Francis Crick
  • Extract from Genome, Matt Ridley
  • Theoretical Biology in the Third Millenium, Sydney Brenner
  • Extract from The Language of the Genes, Steve Jones
  • Extract from On Being the Right Size, J. B. S. Haldane
  • Extract from The Explanation of Organic Diversit, Mark Ridley
  • The Importance of the Nervous System in the Evolution of Animal Flight, John Maynard Smith
  • Extract from Man in the Universe, Fred Hoyle
  • Extract from On Growth and Form, D'Arcy Thompson
  • Extract from The Meaning of Evolution, G. G. Simpson
  • Extract from Trilobite!, Richard Fortey
  • Extract from The Mind Machine, Colin Blakemore
  • Extract from Mirrors in Mind, Richard Gregory
  • One Self: A Meditation on the Unity of Consciousness, Nicholas Humphrey
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  • Extracts from The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works, Steven Pinker
  • Extract from The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee, Jared Diamond
  • Extract from The Life of the Robin, David Lack
  • Extract from Curious Naturalists, Niko Tinbergen
  • Extract from Social Evolution, Robert Trivers
  • Extract from The Open Sea, Alister Hardy
  • Extract from The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson
  • Extract from How Flowers Changed the World, Loren Eiseley
  • Extract from The Diversity of Life, Edward O. Wilson

Part 2: "Who Scientists Are"Edit

  • Extract from The Expanding Universe, Arthur Eddington
  • Extract from the foreword to A Mathematician's Apology (G. H. Hardy) by C. P. Snow
  • Extract from The Disturbing Universe, Freeman Dyson
  • Extract from War and the Nations, J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • A Passion for Crystals, Max F. Perutz
  • Said Ryle to Hoyle, Barbara and George Gamow
  • Cancer's a Funny Thing, J. B. S. Haldane
  • Extract from The Identity of Man, Jacob Bronowski
  • Extracts from Science and Literature, Darwin's Illness, The Phenomenon of Man, the postscript to Lucky Jim, and D'Arcy Thompson and Growth *and Form, Peter Medawar
  • Extract from Self-Made Man, Jonathan Kingdon
  • Extract from Origins Reconsidered, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin
  • Extract from Lucy, Donald C. Johanson and Maitland A. Edey
  • Worm for a Century, and All Seasons, Stephen Jay Gould
  • Extract from Life Cycles, John Tyler Bonner
  • Extract from Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks
  • Seven Wonders, Lewis Thomas
  • Extract from Avoid Boring People, James Watson
  • Extract from What Mad Pursuit, Francis Crick
  • Extract from The Unnatural Nature of Science, Lewis Wolpert
  • Extract from Essays of a Biologist, Julian Huxley
  • Religion and Science, Albert Einstein
  • Extract from The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan

Part 3: "What Scientists Think"Edit

  • Extract from The Character of Physical Law, Richard Feynman
  • Extract from What is Life?, Erwin Schrodinger
  • Extracts from Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Consciousness Explained, Dan Dennett
  • Extract from The Growth of Biological Thought, Ernst Mayr
  • Extract from The Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin
  • Extract from Geometry of the Selfish Herd and Narrow Roads of Geneland, Bill Hamilton
  • Extract from How Nature Works, Per Bak
  • Fantastic Combinations of John Conway's New Solitaire Game 'Life', Martin Gardner
  • Extract from Mathematics for the Million, Lancelot Hogben
  • Extract from The Miraculous Jar, Ian Stewart
  • Extract from The Mathematical Theory of Communication, Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver
  • Extract from Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Alan Turing
  • Extract from What is the Theory of Relativity?, Albert Einstein
  • Extract from Mr Tompkins, George Gamow
  • Extract from The Goldilocks Enigma, Paul Davies
  • Extract from The Time and Space of Uncle Albert, Russell Stannard
  • Extract from The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene
  • Extract from A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking

Part 4: "What Scientists Delight In"Edit

  • Extract from Truthe and Beauty, S. Chandrasekhar
  • Extract from A Mathematician's Apology, G. H. Hardy
  • Extract from Dreams of a Final Theory, Steven Weinberg
  • Extract from The Life of the Cosmos, Lee Smolin
  • Extract from The Emperor's New Mind, Roger Penrose
  • Extract from Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter
  • Extract from Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam, John Archibald Wheeler and Kenner Ford
  • Extract from The Fabric of Reality, David Deutsch
  • Extract from The Periodic Table, Primo Levi
  • Extract from Life: An Unauthorized Biography, Richard Fortey
  • Extract from The Meaning of Evolution, George Gaylord Simpson
  • Extract from Little Men and Flying Saucers, Loren Eiseley
  • Extract from Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan


08/07/2010: Read "Extract from Godel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter". Disappointed, was hoping it would be dead interesting but it was just a silly story with some punchline to do with Godel's Incompleteness Theorem.