Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society (Paperback)

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With contributions from 23 fine writers, this is the perfect companion to The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, one of my favorite books of 2009. — Louise Jones


“Bill Bryson is as amusing as ever. ... As a celebration of 350 years of modern science, Seeing Further is a worthy tribute.” —The Economist

Join Bill Bryson on an unforgettable exploration of scientific genius, discovery, and invention. Edited and introduced by Bryson, with original contributions from “a glittering array of scientific writing talent” (Sunday Observer) including Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, and Neal Stephenson, Seeing Further tells the spectacular story of modern science through the lens of the international Royal Society, founded on a damp November night in London in 1660. Isaac Newton, John Locke, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking—all have been fellows. Its members have split the atom, discovered the double helix and the electron, and given us the computer and the World Wide Web. Gorgeously illustrated with photographs, documents, and treasures from the Society’s exclusive archives, Seeing Further is an unprecedented celebration of the power of ideas.

Featuring contributions from more than twenty of the world’s greatest scientific—and science-fiction—thinkers, including: Richard Dawkins (The Selfish GeneThe God Delusion), James Gleick (The Information), Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon), Richard Holmes (The Age of Wonder), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Martin Rees (former President of the Royal Society).

About the Author

Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.

Praise For…

“Bill Bryson is as amusing as ever . . . As a celebration of modern science, Seeing Further is a worthy tribute.” — The Economist

“Traces the Royal Society’s unparalled contributions to science, celebrating not just the famous members like Isaac Newton but also the oddballs.” — Discover magazine (Hot Science)

“Bill Bryson exhibits a wealth of essays on the scientific discoveries and exploits of the Royal Society” — Vanity Fair

“A treasure trove for lovers of science and history. These pages brim with revolutionary discoveries.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune (A Best Book of the Year selection)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061999772
ISBN-10: 0061999776
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: November 8th, 2011
Pages: 512
Language: English