The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
Author Various
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Modern science writing
Genre Science
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
Media type Hardcover
ISBN 0-19-921680-0
OCLC 180014200
500 22
LC Class Q171 .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]

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