Appetite for Wonder, An: The Making of a Scientist

Category: Book
By (author): Dawkins, Richard
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  RELIGION / Atheism
  SCIENCE / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: August 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.68in x 5.62in x 0.76in
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From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*"Fantastic. [Offers] a fascinating glimpse of how one of today's most influential scientific minds blossomed into himself."
Review Quote*"Surprisingly intimate and moving. … He is here to find out what makes us tick: to cut through the nonsense to the real stuff."
Review Quote*"Dawkins' style [is] clear and elegant as usual… a personal introduction to an important thinker and populariser of science. … provide[s] a superb background to the academic and social climate of postwar British research."
Review Quote*"The Richard Dawkins that emerges here is a far cry from the strident, abrasive caricature beloved of lazy journalists … There is no score-settling, but a generous appreciation and admiration of the qualities of others, as well as a transparent love of life, literature - and science."
Review Quote*"[Here] we have the kindling of Mr. Dawkins's curiosity, the basis for his unconventionality."
Review Quote*"…this isn't Dawkins's version of My Family and Other Animals. It's the beauty of ideas that arouses his appetite for wonder: and, more especially, his relentless drive … towards the answer."
Review Quote*"[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."
Review Quote*"…charming, boring, brilliant, contradictory, conventional, revolutionary. We leave it perhaps not full of facts or conclusions, but with a feeling of knowing the man."
Review Quote*"Richard Dawkins is a hero of mine, so being able to read about how he became the man and the thinker he is, was a particular delight for me. ... Some people get their kicks from Superman's origin story, or Batman's origin story ... But for me, it was Richard Dawkins."