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An Appetite for Wonder - The Making of a Scientist

Richard Dawkins

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In his first memoir, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, and later at boarding school, where he began his career as a skeptic. Arriving at Oxford in 1959, Dawkins began to study zoology and was introduced to some of the university's legendary mentors as well as its tutorial system. It's to this unique educational system that Dawkins credits his awakening. In 1973, provoked by the dominance of group selection theory and inspired by the work of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he began to write a book he called, jokingly, "my bestseller." It was, of course, The Selfish Gene. This is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist and how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lalla Ward

Length:

7h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

41:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

42:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

55:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

39:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

57:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

45:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

51:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:34