The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectModern science writing
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
Media typeHardcover
500 22
LC ClassQ171 .O87 2008

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is an anthology of scientific writings, arranged and introduced by Richard Dawkins of the University of Oxford. Published first in March 2008, it contains 83 writings on many topics from a diverse variety of authors, which range in length from one to eight pages. All inclusions are dated post-1900, and include poetry, anecdotes, and general philosophical musings.


The book is divided into four segments. The following is a list of pieces included in each segment.

What Scientists Study[edit]


Who Scientists Are[edit]


What Scientists Think[edit]


What Scientists Delight In[edit]


Critical response[edit]

The book received extremely favourable reviews, with New Scientist proclaiming that "if you could only ever read one science book, this should probably be it".[2] Peter Forbes of The Independent praised Dawkins' inclusions, stating that "every reader is likely to make a discovery or two".[3] Steven Poole in The Guardian described it as "a beautiful volume" and "a labour of love" on Dawkins' part.[4] A number of science bloggers did criticise the lack of women scientists included in the book.[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Daniels, Lee A. (May 13, 1992). "Maitland A. Edey, Former Editor Of Time-Life Books, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Review: The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, selected by Richard Dawkins". New Scientist. Retrieved 26 March 2008.
  3. ^ Forbes, Peter (16 May 2008). "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. Richard Dawkins". London: The Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Laughing stock – Steven Poole on French Laughter, Body Shopping, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing". London: The Guardian. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)