Writing Literary Companion to Science

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Literary Companion to Science

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"The Literary Companion to Science" is an exploration of the way in which science and scientists have been portrayed in fiction, memoirs, reportage and poetry. Much of the material gathered here is from recent times, though some is of earlier epochs. A special aim has been wherever possible to link people, phenomena and events of science, represented in fiction or poetry, to the reality, as reflected in memoirs, biography and jouralism. The anthology contains over 200 extracts, by writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw, H.G.Wells and Aldous Huxley, linked by commentary. Nothing in the book requires the reader to know any science to speak of, nor does it seek to teach him anything. The purpose is solely to entertain, surprise, sometimes stir and once in a while to dismay the reader, and to reveal to him byways down which he may ramble at his leisure.

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"Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!" wrote Poe in tribute. This often-serious, often-spurious account of madcap scientists and modern inventions blends the writing of H.G. Wells and Isaac Asimov with that of Charles Darwin and Peter Medawar. Less accessible to readers than The Norton Book of Nature Writing ( LJ 3/1/90), this suffers from its conception as a "personal collection"; the editor states that "It has been no part of my purpose to present fine writing about science . . . much that is not of the first quality . . . is (I hope) redeemed by historical or social interest." The book may tickle the fancy of some science lovers; for larger collections.
- Mikey Scott, Torrey Pines H.S., Del Mar, Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Book Description Longman, Essex, UK, 1989. Hard Back. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. New hardback book. Gathered from literature, biography, reportage and poetry, here is a unique and highly readable collection of images of science. The anthology contains over 200 extracts, linked into a continuous whole by a lively and informative commentary. Bookseller Inventory # 8011862

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Book Description Longman. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, no dust jacket, 1st edition, 548 pages. "The Literary Companion to Science" is an exploration of the way in which science and scientists have been portrayed in fiction, memoirs, reportage and poetry. Much of the material gathered here is from recent times, though some is of earlier epochs. A special aim has been wherever possible to link people, phenomena and events of science, represented in fiction or poetry, to the reality, as reflected in memoirs, biography and jouralism. The anthology contains over 200 extracts, by writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw, H.G.Wells and Aldous Huxley, linked by commentary. Nothing in the book requires the reader to know any science to speak of, nor does it seek to teach him anything. The purpose is solely to entertain, surprise, sometimes stir and once in a while to dismay the reader, and to reveal to him byways down which he may ramble at his leisure. Bookseller Inventory # 12555

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Book Description Longman. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 1st edition, 1st edition, 548 pages. Gathered from literature, biography, reportage, and poetry, here is a unique and highly readable collection of images of science. The anthology contains over two hundred extracts, linked into a continuous whole by a lively and informative commentary. The items describe the laboratory scene; they introduce the reader to die giants of science; they explore the impact of science on the world whether on a collision course with commerce or hand-in-glove with government; they share the thrill of the chase, whether it ends in discovery or despair; and they capture both the wartime ambiguities of science and also its pathology the fanatics, fools, rogues and cheats who have betrayed or misused it. An original element is the fascinating juxtaposition of the same characters and events in real and fictionalised form.Walter Gratzer has netted more than a hundred writers, among them Gustave Flaubert, Conan Doyle, Michael Frayn, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Hailey, Peter Medawar, Arthur Koestler, H.G. Wells, Primo Levi, John Updike, C.P. Snow, Alex Comfort, Aldous Huxley and James Thurber.The Companion opens a door onto an infinitely rich and various world of which the reader may know nothing but no scientific knowledge is needed to enjoy the book. Its purpose is to entertain, to surprise, to stir and, once in a while, to dismay. For non-scientists and scientists alike, it will prove a lasting source of pleasure and delight. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1277

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