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The Unnatural Nature of Science

The Unnatural Nature of Science

Lewis Wolpert

ISBN 9780674929814

Publication date: 07/15/1998

How is it that nobody—except maybe scientists—sees science for what it is? In this entertaining and provocative book, Lewis Wolpert draws on the entire history of science, from Thales of Miletus to Watson and Crick, from the study of eugenics to the discovery of the double helix. The result is a scientist’s view of the culture of science, authoritative and informed and at the same time mercifully accessible to those who find cohabiting with this culture a puzzling experience.

Science is arguably the defining feature of our age. For anyone who hopes to understand its nature, this lively and thoughtful book provides the perfect starting point.


  • The unnaturalness of science is held to lie both in the superior clarity of its thought over everyday notions…and in the counterintuitive character of regimes far from common experience. The unnaturalness is to be commended, and Lewis Wolpert’s book is a kind of hymn of praise from one of science’s practitioners… [An] entertaining book.

    —John Polkinghorne, Nature


  • Lewis Wolpert is Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine, University College, London. He is the author of The Triumph of the Embryo and coauthors of A Passion for Science.

Book Details

  • 191 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press