Most of you probably know that Richard Dawkins has written a new book, and it will be out on September 24. It’s called An Appetite for Wonder, and you can preorder it on Amazon for less that $19 if you’re in the U.S. Although it’s nominally an autobiography, I’m told that it concentrates heavily on the scientists who knew and influenced Richard over his career.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
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. There the exotic natural world was his constant companion. Boarding school in England aged 8, and later, public school at Oundle introduce him, and the reader, to strange rules and eccentric school masters vividly described with both humorous affection and some reservation. An initial fervent attachment to Church of England religion soon gives way to disaffection and, later, teenage rebellion. Early signs of a preference for music, poetry and reading over practical matters become apparent as he recalls the opportunities that entered his small world. Oxford, however, is 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 and 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 anecdote are interspersed with touching reminiscences of his best-loved 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.
This volume spans the period from Richard’s birth to the publication of The Selfish Gene; a second, which will appear in 2014, goes from 1976 to the present.
Richard Dawkins, author and biologist, discusses his soon-to-be published memoir An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. Mr. Dawkins talks to BookTV at Book Expo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
I’m jealous: the man is a writing machine!