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Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society Hardcover – 7 Jan 2010

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins; First Edition edition (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007302568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007302567
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 4.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Royal Society was founded by curious scientists able to `see further' to change the world around them. Today it illuminates the vast achievements of modern science and continues to push back the frontiers of knowledge." Sir David Attenborough --Sir David Attenborough

"An inspiring celebration of science past, present and future" Melvyn Bragg
--Melvyn Bragg

From the Back Cover

On a damp November evening in 1660, a small group of men gathered to hear a twenty-eight-year old – and not widely famous – Christopher Wren give an astronomy lecture. As they listened to him speak, his audience decided to create a Society to promote the accumulation of useful knowledge. And with that, the Royal Society was born.

Since then, the Society’s fellows have split the atom, discovered hydrogen, the double helix and the electron. They’ve invented the World Wide Web and developed profound theories on evolution, gravity and motion. They’ve tested the very limits of knowledge itself.

Introduced and edited by Bill Bryson, Seeing Further is filled to the brim with contributions from some of today’s most eminent writers; Richard Dawkins on Darwin; Margaret Atwood on mad scientists; Richard Holmes on ballooners, and many more. Closing with the reflections of the Society’s current President, Martin Rees, Seeing Further forms a truly remarkable and unique celebration of one of the greatest scientific forces in history.

‘Lavishly illustrated, it manages to strike just the right note between celebration and provocation’ Financial Times

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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