A review by Jerry A. Coyne Richard Dawkins’s new collection of delectable prose, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, is less an anthology of set pieces than a treasury: a series of short titbits designed to pique the reader’s appetite, helping him to decide which science writers to investigate more deeply. It enables you to sample eighty-three selections by seventy-nine writers – physicists, geologists, mathematicians, chemists and, of course, evolutionary biologists. Unlike its main competitor, the estimable Faber Book of Science (2005), this collection confines itself to writing by scientists rather than journalists, is limited to works produced after […]
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