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An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

  • Kartonierter Einband
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An early memoir from the world's most famous atheist, and scientist.Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and li... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

An early memoir from the world's most famous atheist, and scientist.

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's 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.

Vorwort
An early memoir from the world's most famous atheist, and scientist.

Autorentext

Richard Dawkins first catapulted to fame with his iconic work 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, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Magic of Reality, 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), the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007), the Deschner Prize (2007) and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2009). 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 2012, scientists studying fish in Sri Lanka created Dawkinsia as a new genus name, in recognition of his contribution to the public understanding of evolutionary science. In the same year, Richard Dawkins appeared in the BBC Four television series Beautiful Minds, revealing how he came to write The Selfish Gene and speaking about some of the events covered in his latest book, An Appetite for Wonder. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker in Prospect magazine's poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.



Klappentext

Now in paperback, this is a memoir of acclaimed scientist Dawkins's early life, from his childhood in colonial Africa to his university career at Oxford, to becoming world-famous. The first of 2 volumes, the 2nd of which will be published in 2015. 'Dawkins is a fascinating man and as a writer he is nothing less than essential...' Simon Barnes, "The Times"

Produktinformationen

Titel: An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
Untertitel: The Making of a Scientist - A Memoir
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EAN: 9780552779050
ISBN: 978-0-552-77905-0
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Random House UK
Genre: Natur & Technik
Anzahl Seiten: 352
Gewicht: 311g
Größe: H198mm x B127mm x T23mm
Jahr: 2014