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Boasting virtually 100 articles and booklet excerpts, The Oxford e-book of recent technology Writing is a wide ranging occasion of the best writing through scientists--the top such assortment in print--packed with scintillating essays on every thing from "The Discovery of Lucy" to "The Terror and Vastness of the Universe."
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