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Bill Bryson

Seeing Further

Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society is a collection of short articles on a wide range of scientific topics, reflecting the range of interests of the Royal Society over its 350 year history. The articles are written by well known science writers, with editor Bill Bryson

The articles follow a roughly chronological order from the origins of the Royal Society to the present day and beyond. Early on Rebecca Goldstein explains how the founders of the Society laid some of the ground rules for doing science and Margaret Atwood looks at the prototype mad scientists in the works of Jonathan Swift. Richard Holmes writes about the ballooning craze at the end of the 18th Century and Richard Fortey discusses the collection and classification of biological specimens. Georgina Ferry writes on how X-rays have been used to find the structure of biological molecules, and Gregory Benford discusses the nature of time. There are chapters on mathematics, cosmology, engineering, global warming and plenty more. The book concludes with Martin Rees looking ahead to the next 50 years.

The articles are well written, in a very readable way, and I would strongly recommend this book as a wide ranging tour of the sciences suitable for a wide readership.

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Paperback 512 pages  
ISBN: 0061999776
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Published: 2011 William Morrow Paperbacks
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Paperback 496 pages  
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“Bryson is as amusing as ever….As a celebration of 350 years of modern science, [Seeing Further] it is a worthy tribute.”
The Economist


In Seeing Further, New York Times bestseller Bill Bryson takes readers on a guided tour through the great discoveries, feuds, and personalities of modern science. Already a major bestseller in the UK, Seeing Further tells the fascinating story of science and the Royal Society with Bill Bryson’s trademark wit and intelligence, and contributions from a host of well known scientists and science fiction writers, including Richard Dawkins, Neal Stephenson, James Gleick, and Margret Atwood. It is a delightful literary treat from the acclaimed author who previous explored the current state of scientific knowledge in his phenomenally popular book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.