Richard Dawkins’ The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a useful, informative, and entertaining guide which features various exciting essays by some of the most famous scientists of modern times.
Summary Of The Book
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing by Richard Dawkins is a compilation of essays by several scientists and authors such as Albert Einstein, Martin Gardner, Stephen Jay and more.
This anthology contains various perspectives about the literary science fiction genre. There is also some critical thought put into the origin of scientific thought to modern day scientific revolution. Dawkins provides intellectual arguments in a fun way by adding essays such as Garrett Hardin's "The Tragedy of the Commons", Loren Eiseley's The Immense Journey and Lewis Thomas's "Seven Wonders of Science”.
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing also contains extracts from famous works of scientists like James Watson, C.P. Snow and Martin Rees. This book is a passionate take on science and its literary forms and hence, appeals to lay readers.
About Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is British biologist and author who is best known for his extensive writings on science and its literary counterparts.
Dawkins is the author of books such as River Out Of Eden, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and Unweaving the Rainbow.
He is associated with Oxford University as a Fellow of New College and the first Charles Simonyi Chair holder of the Public Understanding of Science. He is also a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature. He has always spoken vocally about religion and his firm disbelief in it. His books have been translated widely and sold all over the world. He is famous for his theories related to gene evolution and the effects of the genes which affect the body and his environment.
The essay is one of the richest of literary forms. Its most obvious characteristics are freedom, informality, and the personal touch - though it can also find room for poetry, satire, fantasy, and sustained argument.
All these qualities, and many others, are on display in The Oxford Book of Essays. The most wide-ranging collection of its kind to appear for many years, it includes 140 essays by 120 writers: classics, curiosities, meditations, diversions, old favourites, recent examples that deserve to be better known. A particularly welcome feature is the amount of space allotted to American essayists, from Benjamin Franklin to John Updike and beyond.
This is an anthology that opens with wise words about the nature of truth, and closes with a consideration of the novels of Judith Krantz. Some of the other topics discussed in its pages are anger, pleasure, Gandhi, Beau Brummell, wasps, party-going, gangsters, plumbers, Beethoven, potato crisps, the importance of being the right size, and the demolition of Westminster Abbey. It contains some of the most eloquent writing in English, and some of the most entertaining.