Seeing Further

Seeing Further

The Story of Science, Discovery & the Genius of the Royal Society

eBook - 2010
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As editor of "Seeing Further," Bryson has rounded up an extraordinary roster of scientists who write and writers who know science in order to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, Britain's scientific national academy. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Steve Jones, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Richard Holmes, and Neal Stephenson, among many others, on subjects ranging from metaphysics to nuclear physics, from the threatened endtimes of flu and climate change to our evolving ideas about the nature of time itself, from the hidden mathematics that rule the universe to the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062036223
006203622X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (506 p.) : ill. (some col.).
Additional Contributors: Turney, Jon
Bryson, Bill
Contents: At the beginning : more things in heaven and earth / James Gleick
Of the madness of mad scientists : Jonathan Swift's grand academy / Margaret Atwood
Lost in space : the spiritual crisis of Newtonian cosmology / Margaret Wertheim
Atoms of cognition : metaphysics in the Royal Society / Neal Stephenson
What's in a name? : Rivalries and the birth of modern science / Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Charged atmospheres : promethean science and the Royal Society / Simon Schaffer
A new age of flight : Joseph Banks goes ballooning / Richard Holmes
Archives of life : science and collections / Richard Fortey
Darwin's five bridges : the way to natural selection / Richard Dawkins
Images of progress : conferences of engineers / Henry Petroski
X-ray visions : structural biologists and social action in the twentieth century / Georgina Ferry
Ten thousand wedges : biodiversity, natural selection and random change / Steve Jones
Making stuff : From Bacon to bakelite / Philip Ball
Just typical : our changing place in the universe / Paul Davies
Behind the scenes : the hidden mathematics that rules our world / Ian Stewart
Simple, really : from simplicity to complexity
and back again / John D. Barrow
Globe and sphere, cycles and flows : how to see the world / Oliver Morton
Beyond ending : looking into the void / Maggie Gee
Confidence, consensus and the uncertainty cops : tackling risk management in climate change / Stephen H. Schneider
Time : the winged chariot / Gregory Benford
Conclusion: Looking fifty years ahead / Martin Rees.
Summary: As editor of "Seeing Further," Bryson has rounded up an extraordinary roster of scientists who write and writers who know science in order to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, Britain's scientific national academy. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Steve Jones, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Richard Holmes, and Neal Stephenson, among many others, on subjects ranging from metaphysics to nuclear physics, from the threatened endtimes of flu and climate change to our evolving ideas about the nature of time itself, from the hidden mathematics that rule the universe to the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."

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morrisonist Mar 22, 2016

actually, geocentricity is true from a certain point of view, in that it appears to be true from our reference frame

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