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An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
  

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

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The first of a two volume autobiography taking the reader from Richard Dawkins’ childhood through to the publication of his first book The Selfish Gene in 1976. An autobiography long on intellect and science but short on heart - but if you’re more interested in the development of a scientist it’s an educational and absorbing read.

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An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins

Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world? In An Appetite for Wonder we join him on a personal journey from an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa, through the eccentricities of boarding school in England, to his studies at the University of Oxford's dynamic Zoology Department, which sparked his radical new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene. Through Dawkins' honest self-reflection, touching reminiscences and witty anecdotes, we are finally able to understand the private influences that shaped the public man who, more than anyone else in his generation, explained our own origins.


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Most geeks cannot write; this one can... Equipped with an undoubted gift for expression, Dawkins the writer comes with a unique pedigree -- Richard Fortey Guardian

This eloquent, witty and instructive book reveals the true Richard Dawkins. It's a great read. --A.C. Grayling

Throughout and as usual, Dawkins's writing is graceful, sparkling with anecdotes and wit Eugenie Scott, Nature Dawkins is a fascinating man and as a writer he is nothing less than essential... he is a man who has influenced or changed the way people think. His story needs to be read. -- Simon Barnes, The Times

Richard Dawkins's memoirs are, like their author, honest, perceptive, sometimes ingenuous, always rational and deeply humane.-- Matt Ridley

About the Author

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins's phenomenal bestseller The God Delusion has become an iconic book for our time. He was first catapulted to fame with The Selfish Gene, which he followed with a string of bestselling books: The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale and a collection of his shorter writings, A Devil's Chaplain.

Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award (1987), the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society (1990), the International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1997), the Kistler Prize (2001), the Shakespeare Prize (2005), the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2006) and the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007).He retired from his position as the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University in 2008 and remains a fellow of New College.

In 2008 Channel 4 broadcast a three-part television series, The Genius of Charles Darwin, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, examining the legacy of the great scientist and some of the issues covered in Dawkins's new book, The Greatest Show on Earth.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Richard Dawkins

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

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Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: science, technology & medicine

ISBN

9780552779050

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