Appetite For Wonder, An: The Making Of A Scientist by Richard DawkinsAppetite For Wonder, An: The Making Of A Scientist by Richard Dawkins

Appetite For Wonder, An: The Making Of A Scientist

byRichard Dawkins

Paperback | August 26, 2014

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An Appetite for Wonder is 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.

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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 C...
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Title:Appetite For Wonder, An: The Making Of A ScientistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.69 × 5.62 × 0.77 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062225801

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is the first of a two part memoir that traces Dawkin's development as a child in Africa, his journey to England and his education at Oxford and culminates with the publication of 'The Selfish Gene' in 1976. Although subtitled, 'The Making of a Scientist', Dawkins gives a self-deprecating narrative that highlights the skills of his comrades and teachers while diminishing his own by comparison. He places chance as the arbiter of much of our fates and describes his own development as a student and a scientist and his success with 'The Selfish Gene' as very reliant on causal strings of events. If our mammalian ancestor had not been helped by the sneeze of a dinosaur about to devour it... (you get the idea). An interesting book but I'm looking forward to the second and a description of his development of as an atheist with attitude.
Date published: 2014-01-22
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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“Dawkins proves that today he is still an extraordinary thinker, and one who has made an enormous contribution to understanding human nature. This memoir is a fascinating account of one man’s attempt to find answers to some of the most difficult questions posed to mankind.”