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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (13 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199216800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199216802
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.1 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Dawkins first catapulted to fame with his iconic work The Selfish Gene, which he followed with a string of bestselling books: The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Magic of Reality, and a collection of his shorter writings, A Devil's Chaplain.

Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award (1987), the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society (1990), the International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1997), the Kistler Prize (2001), the Shakespeare Prize (2005), the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2006), the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007), the Deschner Prize (2007) and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2009). He retired from his position as the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University in 2008 and remains a fellow of New College.

In 2012, scientists studying fish in Sri Lanka created Dawkinsia as a new genus name, in recognition of his contribution to the public understanding of evolutionary science. In the same year, Richard Dawkins appeared in the BBC Four television series Beautiful Minds, revealing how he came to write The Selfish Gene and speaking about some of the events covered in his latest book, An Appetite for Wonder. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker in Prospect magazine's poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.

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A book from which the love of science and the love of language shine. (Science)

An amalgamation of brilliant reads. (New Scientist)

Every school library should own a copy of this book; every person with even a passing interest in science should read it. (Jerry A. Coyne, Times Literary Supplement.)

Beautiful volume...A labour of love. (Steven Poole. The Guardian.)

A glorius celebration of literary scientists. (Harry Richie Mail on Sunday)

A brilliant collection... If you could only ever read one science book, this should probably be it. (New Scientist)

It is a real treasure trove of unexpected pleasures. (Sunday Telegraph. Kenan Malik)

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. His bestselling books include The God Delusion (2006); The Selfish Gene (1976); The Extended Phenotype (1982); The Blind Watchmaker (1986); Unweaving the Rainbow (1998); and The Ancestor's Tale (2004). Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005.

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Clark on 20 Mar 2008
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This is a varied collection of articles by just about every great modern science writer you can think of. The articles range in size from about 8 pages to as little as half a page, and each is preceded by a short, interesting introduction by Dawkins.

I read a lot of popular science books so inevitably there were a few items which I had already read, but it was nice to be reminded of them, such as Haldane's delightful poem which begins with the words "I wish I had the voice of Homer, to sing of rectal carcinoma!" The items vary considerably in difficulty - some could be understood by a child, others require concentration - and some topics were familiar to me, others were not, so although all the articles are good it is inevitable that the reader will enjoy some articles much more than others. They also vary considerably in subject matter - some are about what science has discovered, others about how scientists work, or the philosophy of science, or amusing anecdotes.

I think anyone interested in Science should get a lot out of the book, and I have been stimulated to seek out more writing by some of the authors. Highly recommended.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2008
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This mighty tome makes excellent bedside reading. You are unlikely to have the musclepower to take this commuting or to the beach (need to wait for the paperback edition for that) but propped up in bed with a cup of cocoa/glass of whisky (delete as appropriate) by your side, this is an excellent book for dipping into and as a previous reviewer says, will encourage you to seek out the books the excerpts come from. In this regard may I be so bold as to recommend any of the books by Richard Feynman. Dawkins himself supplies witty and erudite introductions to each essay so all in all there is absolutely nothing to criticise in this book - unless you hate science that is and even then this book might convince you otherwise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sir Barnabas VINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2009
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An excellent collection of the writings of some of the greatest names in science of the last 100 years, or so. The excerpts are divided into four sections; 1. What scientists study; 2. Who scientists are; 3. What scientists think and 4. What scientists delight in. There is, perhaps understandably, a definite bias toward evolutionary and biological sciences but there should be enough breadth to entertain anyone who has an interest in science, whatever their preferred subject.

To lift a quote from Sagan's excellent The Demon-Haunted World, which I happen to own already; "Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.". A fact that will not be lost on anyone who reads this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Smith on 9 Oct 2009
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Richard Dawkins needs no introduction as a academic and populist writer in the field of evolutionary biology. However, in this book he dons his hat as Chair of the Public Understanding of Science. The book is a personal selection of extracts and short pieces of the worlds best 20th century scientists, from Einstein to Primo Levi, through Turing and Crick. Part I looks as "What Scientists Study", Part II "Who Scientists Are", Part III "What Scientists Think", and the book closes with Part IV "What Scientists Delight In". Let me say immediately that this is an excellent compilation and good value for money. However I do feel that Dawkins has biased somewhat the compilation to the life sciences - perhaps justifiably you could call this book a quasi-homage to Darwin. Like every compilation you always feel as if some topics were overlooked or at least played down - can it be that no one has written intelligently about modern computer chips, superconductivity, or drug development and trials?
On the other hand we learn much about "The Mysterious Universe" from James Jeans, the power of numbers in "Just Sex Numbers" from Martin Rees, "Mankind Evolving" from Theodosius Dobzhansky, the "Genome" from Matt Ridley, "Theoretical Biology" from Sydney Brenner (a really great piece of writing), the many contributions of Peter Medawar to zoology and medical science, the "Seven Wonders" of Lewis Thomas (from new bacteria to the human species), the wonderful "Periodic Table" of Primo Levi, and the great last entry by Carl Sagan called "Pale Blue Dot" about how small Earth is in the cosmos.
The articles are all short, accessible in the their scope, and all easy to read. I found it an excellent bed-side book, and now finished it will certainly take its place on my shelves. I don't really see it as a reference book, but I do think that it will probably prove just as enjoyable to read a second time in a couple of years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Parry on 11 Jun 2009
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This selection by Richard Dawkins is full of wonder and magnificent prose. It also conveys the great sense of awe, excitement and sheer pleasure you encounter when exploring how the world works.

As a way of thinking the scientific method is probably the greatest invention of mankind. This collection of science papers makes me proud to be human and proud to be part of our never ending quest for knowledge.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Blilie on 3 April 2008
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This is a wonderful book. The level of the writing and the subject matter chosen by Dr. Dawkins are truly great. This book has already "forced" me to purchase a number of other books there are excerpted in the text ...

I have read all of his other books and enjoyed them very much, so when I saw that Dr. Dawkins had a new book only available in the UK, I ordered it from Amazon UK for a scary shipping charge. I couldn't wait for the U.S. edition. It was well worth it! I've read many collections of non-fiction writing. This one is outstanding. Another coup for Dr. Dawkins in the effort to help the public understand science.

Each excerpt from longer pieces (mostly books) in this book is preceded by an interesting essay-let where Dr. Dawkins gives historical, literary, scientific, and sometimes personal setting for the piece. These, as always from Dr. Dawkins, are superbly well written.

Highly recommended, enjoy.
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