December Science Read: Seeing Further – the Story of Science and the Royal Society

Seeing Further, Bill Bryson, science, Royal Society, Margaret Atwood, Neal Stephenson, Richard Dawkins

Well, we’re here! We’ve made it to December!

When I first made a resolution to read a science book a month for 2016, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stick to my pledge. However, I’ve stuck to it and now I’m just down to the final science book of 2016!

So what’s going to be December’s 2016 science read?

When I first saw this book in a secondhand bookstore, I grabbed it in my hot little hands at once and added it to my pile of books for purchase. I’ve been umm-ing and uhh-ing about what book should be my December science read – in other words, the science read to cap off this year of 12 science reads for 12 months.

Seeing Further is a collection of essays by scientists and writers celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in existence. Members have included Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Stephen Hawking. Among the contributors to this book include David Attenborough, Margaret Atwood, Neal Stephenson and Richard Dawkins. Needless to say, I’m pretty keen to read this book and all the more so knowing it was edited (and the introduction written) by Bill Bryson. It was Bryson’s book that started all this, in a way, as A Short History of Everything was the very first book in my list of 2016 science reads. Returning to this collection of books edited by Bryson feels like I’m coming round full circle.

We’re already a few days into December and it’s going to be a busy month with not much time to read so I’m keen to get stuck into this book right away. Plus, I also have an added bonus for December – stay tuned for the next post to find out what it is!



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