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Scientists 'are our only real hope'

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The 350th anniversary of the Royal Society is to be celebrated with a book of essays edited by author Bill Bryson. The writer, formerly known for his humorous travel books, became a best-selling science author after his book A History of Nearly Everything was published in 2003.

Today's guest editor and President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, spoke to Bill Bryson about how he came to write about science.

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