Readership: Anyone with an interest in science and literature, including - but not limited to - readers of popular science; scientists, both professional and undergraduate; those interested in the history of science; writers; students of literature; and others from non-scientific backgrounds.
Edited by Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University; Fellow of the Royal Society; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
"A book from which the love of science and the love of language shine." - Science
"An amalgamation of brilliant reads." - New Scientist
"Every school library should own a copy of this book; every person with even a passing interest in science should read it." - Jerry A. Coyne, Times Literary Supplement.
"Beautiful volume...A labour of love." - Steven Poole. The Guardian.
"A glorius celebration of literary scientists." - Harry Richie Mail on Sunday
"A brilliant collection... If you could only ever read one science book, this should probably be it." - New Scientist
"It is a real treasure trove of
unexpected pleasures." - Sunday Telegraph. Kenan Malik
Part I: The Natural World
Part II: Science and Scientists
Part III: Concepts
Part IV: Truth, Beauty, Imagination