Richard Dawkins: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
We are thrilled to present a very special event at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Tuesday 17th September at 7pm with Richard Dawkins talking about his autobiography, “An Appetite for Wonder”
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 intellectual development? 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 back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa, through an English schooling and then on to Oxford, the catalyst to his life. Vigorous debate in the dynamic Zoology Department unleashes his innate intellectual curiosity, and inspirational mentors together with his own creative thinking ignite the spark that results in his radical new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene.
From innocent child to charismatic world-famous scientist, Richard Dawkins paints a colourful, richly textured canvas of his early life. Honest self-reflection and witty anecdotes are interspersed with touching reminiscences of his family and friends, literature, poetry and songs. 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.
Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Customer Services Department, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. Alternatively, please telephone 01865 333623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org