The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing  
Author(s) Various
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject(s) Modern science writing
Genre(s) Science
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date 2008
Media type Hardcover
ISBN 0-199-21680-0
OCLC Number 180014200
Dewey Decimal 500 22
LC Classification Q171 .O87 2008

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is an anthology of well-respected 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 under a page to approximately 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

Who Scientists Are

What Scientists Think

What Scientists Delight In

Critical response

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".[1] Peter Forbes of The Independent praised Dawkins' inclusions, stating that "every reader is likely to make a discovery or two".[2] Steven Poole in The Guardian described it as "a beautiful volume" and "a labour of love" on Dawkins' part.[3] A number of science bloggers did criticize the lack of female scientists included in the book.[4]

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