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Simon Ings

Autor(a) de The Weight of Numbers

38+ Works 1,224 Membros 35 Críticas 2 Favorited

About the Author

Simon Ings, a science writer and novelist, is the author of A Natural History of Seeing: The Art and Science of Vision, He edits the culture section of New Scientist and regularly contributes to publications including the Guardian, Times (UK), Telegraph, Independent, and Nature. He lives and works mostrar mais in London. mostrar menos

Inclui os nomes: Simon Ings, Simon D. Ings


Obras por Simon Ings

The Weight of Numbers (2006) 204 exemplares
Hot-head (1992) 113 exemplares
Wolves (2014) 112 exemplares
Hotwire (1995) 103 exemplares
The Eye: A Natural History (2007) 93 exemplares
City of the Iron Fish (1994) 83 exemplares
Headlong (1999) 78 exemplares
The Smoke (2019) 59 exemplares
Dead Water (2011) 46 exemplares
Painkillers (2000) 36 exemplares
We, Robots (2010) — Editor; Contribuidor; Introdução — 23 exemplares
Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins (2012) — Editor — 15 exemplares
Arc 1.2 Post human conditions (2012) — Editor — 11 exemplares
Arc 1.3: Afterparty Overdrive (2012) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Arc 1.4: Forever alone drone (2012) — Editor — 7 exemplares
Russian Vine 6 exemplares
Zoology (short story) 3 exemplares
Something sweet [short fiction] (1991) 3 exemplares
Tolkowsky's Cut (1993) 2 exemplares
Grand Prix 2 exemplares
Menage 2 exemplares
The Convert 2 exemplares
Elephant 2 exemplares
The Black Lotus 2 exemplares
Bruised Time (1992) 2 exemplares
The Rio brain 1 exemplar
Volatile 1 exemplar
Estaline e os Cientistas (2017) 1 exemplar
The Wedding Party 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2002) — Contribuidor — 522 exemplares
The New Weird (2008) — Contribuidor — 521 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection (1998) — Contribuidor — 434 exemplares
Year's Best SF 7 (2002) — Contribuidor — 268 exemplares
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1 (2007) — Contribuidor — 220 exemplares
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares
The New Nature of the Catastrophe (1993) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Shimmering Door (1997) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Meeting Infinity (2015) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
When It Changed: Science into Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016 Edition (2016) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Best New Horror 4 (1993) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições54 exemplares
New Worlds 1 (1991) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten (2016) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
New Worlds 2 (1992) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
New Worlds 3 (1993) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Touch Wood (1993) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Other Edens: No. 3 (1989) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Omni Best Science Fiction Three (1993) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Vital Signals: Virtual Futures, Near-Future Fictions (2022) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Bio-Punk: Stories from the Far Side of Research (2012) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
New Scientist, 14 May 2022 (2022) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
New Scientist, 20 August 2022 (2022) — Reviewer — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Horndean, England, UK
Locais de residência
Horndean, England, UK (birth)
London, England, UK
King's College, London
Birkbeck College
science writer



This one sat long on my bookshelf until I had a heated argument with some friends regarding the proper color for fire-extinguishers. They insisted it should be only red, since this is the color majority of animals are primed to see best. However, in the absence of evidence I refused to take such claims at face value. Thus I reached out for the dusty tome… and found justification for my doubts. Besides this answer I found a boundless source of information about vision and eyes. The author possesses erudite knowledge of the topic, draws on numerous and very appropriate examples, and presents all these revelations in a very structured and digestible manner. A real eye-opener.… (mais)
Den85 | 1 outra crítica | Jan 3, 2024 |
Titlul este înșelător, fiindcă Stalin apare extrem de puțin și indirect, iar cartea nu e de fapt despre savanți în general, ci aproape toată despre biologi/agronomi. Pe acea nișă, în schimb, chiar e captivantă, abordând mai puțin teoriile propriu-zise și mai degrabă oamenii și motivațiile lor, sorțile evident tragice și pe larg celebrul "război" Lisenko vs genetică (din nefericire câștigat politic de Lisenko, cu prețul morții de foame a milioane de sovietici și a distrugerii științei și economiei).… (mais)
milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
An exhaustive and sometimes exhausting history of science in Russia, with some time spent on the period just before the Communist revolution, and at then end on how things did and didn't change under Khrushchev. Most of the focus is on biology, particularly genetics, and agriculture. Less time is spent on physics and the space program, perhaps because this area was somewhat less dominated by political factors. Like War and Peace, there are seemingly hundreds of character arcs to follow, but the story of Lysenko dominates. Though Ing says several times "I'm not an academic", the bibliography is 30 pages long and there are 28 pages of footnotes.

For me, the book opens well, establishing the nature of Russia government under the tsars and its relationship with science, and the transition to Communism, the tensions between Lenin and Stalin, and how central the challenges of feeding Russia were to everything. The book also ends well as Russia emerges from Stalinism, sort of, and makes an interesting case for how cybernetics provided an umbrella for the return of serious science in a variety of domains. The big middle of the book is a slog though. Though chapters are basically ordered temporally, there's a lot of jumping around in time as different people are introduced and followed. Worse, there are frequent transitions from one person to another, as the history hops from one thread to another to another. It's like a Charles Ives piece with many snippets of music but rarely any sustained arc. There are many quotes from various scientific debates, that consistently failed to help me understand the personal, philosophical, and political battles they were meant to illustrate.

So an A for effort and depth, and B for story telling.
… (mais)
1 vote
ChrisRiesbeck | 3 outras críticas | Apr 26, 2022 |



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