An Appetite For Wonder: The Making Of A Scientist

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An Appetite For Wonder: The Making Of A Scientist

by Richard Dawkins

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 18, 2014 | Trade Paperback

An Appetite For Wonder: The Making Of A Scientist is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

An Appetite for Wonderis a disarming account of world-famous evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins''s early life, from his childhood in colonial East Africa to the writing of one of the twentieth century''s seminal works,The Selfish Gene.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.88 × 5.88 × 0.9 in

Published: August 18, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062225804

ISBN - 13: 9780062225801

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An appetite for wonder Like many memoirists, Richard Dawkins devotes almost half of this memoir to his childhood, which was a remarkably rich and interesting period, spent largely in what is now Malawi. He describes it all in loving detail, emphasizing all that was good about it, tending to gloss over details such as the discomforts of boarding school for small boys.He was fortunate also in his choice of parents.  His intellect and his original mind did not come to full fruition until he entered Baliol College, Oxford. In retrospect he was perhaps fortunate to be admitted to that illustrious college. His academic track record doesn't sound very impressive until he reached Oxford and had the great good fortune to be mentored by outstanding scholars with original, creative minds. Aspiring scientists with ambition to excel and to rise to the top will find useful advice and wise council in Dawkins' account of how he did it.  He writes well too, which helps.  I'll be recommending this book to ambitious scholars with academic aspirations. 
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Selfish Author In purchasing this book, I was hoping to gain some insight into Dawkins' pathway to humanism a.k.a. neo-Darwinism. I was left feeling a bit cheated because the book is in actually two volumes: birth to the age of 35 and the yet to be published sequel ( another two years wait.) The most enjoyable sections are of Dawkins' early life in Africa and his schooling in the U.K. Things fall apart after he marries and begins teaching in California. The rest is scientific dribble which left me (and perhaps other readers) completely bored. (One needs a background in statistics and computer science to understand and appreciate Dawkins' latter chapters.) There is a void in the detail of his first marriage, other than for scholarly pursuits. In summary, I found the first part of the book quite interesting but became quickly lost in the scientific jargon of the latter half of the book.
Date published: 2013-10-14

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An Appetite For Wonder: The Making Of A Scientist

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.88 × 5.88 × 0.9 in

Published: August 18, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062225804

ISBN - 13: 9780062225801

From the Publisher

An Appetite for Wonderis a disarming account of world-famous evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins''s early life, from his childhood in colonial East Africa to the writing of one of the twentieth century''s seminal works,The Selfish Gene.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins, votedProspectmagazine''s #1 World Thinker, is the author of the blockbuster bestsellerThe God Delusion. He was first catapulted to fame withThe Selfish Gene, which he followed withThe Extended Phenotype,The Blind Watchmaker,River Out of Eden,Climbing Mount Improbable,Unweaving the Rainbow,The Ancestor''s Tale,A Devil''s Chaplain,The Greatest Show on Earth, andThe Magic of Reality(with Dave McKean). Dawkins is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the Kistler Prize, the Shakespeare Prize, the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award, and the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.

Editorial Reviews

"[An Appetite for Wonder is] a memoir that is funny and modest, absorbing and playful. Dawkins has written a marvelous love letter to science. and for this, the book will touch scientists and science-loving persons. . an enchanting memoir to read, one that I recommend highly."(NPR)