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Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bryson, Bill (Editor), Turney, Jon (Conductor)
ISBN: 0061999776     ISBN-13: 9780061999772
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
    OUR PRICE: $19.79  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: November 2011
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Annotation: Incorporating original contributions from a range of leading writers, a tour of modern science's great discoveries, feuds and personalities traces the story of the international Royal Society from 1660 to the present and is sumptuously illustrated by archival photographs and records. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Discoveries in science.
BISAC Categories:
- Science | History
- Science | Essays
Dewey: 506.041
LCCN: bl2013028048
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 7.25" W x 1.25" (1.80 lbs) 506 pages
 
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 October #1)

Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything) presents a remarkable collection of essays celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society of London and its many contributions to science. Society members have included such illustrious names as Darwin, Newton, Leibniz, and Francis Bacon, to name a few. The volume's 23 contributors are both uniformly excellent and remarkable for their diversity. For example, novelist Margaret Atwood writes a very personal piece about the image of the scientist and its sometime appearance as the "mad scientist." Science historian Paul Davies writes about the effects on Western society of the realization that we are not the center of the universe. Biologist Richard Dawkins opines about the revolutionary nature of Darwin's discoveries, and science fiction writer Gregory Benford contemplates the meaning of time. The wide array of scientific disciplines, including genetics, climate change, physics, and engineering, are each placed in a fresh and thought-provoking social and historical context. Bryson's name will bring readers in, but the real reward is fine writers writing about serious science in an accessible, good-natured style. It is a worthy celebration of the Royal Society. Color illus. (Nov.)

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