Brief Candle in the Dark

Brief Candle in the Dark

My Life in Science

eBook - 2015
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Richard Dawkins cheerfully, mischievously, looks back on a lifetime of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. Exploring the halls of intellectual inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of his seminal work, The Selfish Gene; affectionately lampooning the world of academia, publishing, and television; and studding the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he's known, Dawkins offers a candid look at the events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion, and science. He also invites the reader to look more closely at the brilliant succession of ten influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062288462
0062288466
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: Richard Dawkins cheerfully, mischievously, looks back on a lifetime of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. Exploring the halls of intellectual inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of his seminal work, The Selfish Gene; affectionately lampooning the world of academia, publishing, and television; and studding the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he's known, Dawkins offers a candid look at the events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion, and science. He also invites the reader to look more closely at the brilliant succession of ten influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins.

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Doctor13Dalek
Jan 25, 2017

Amazing. That one word encapsulates this book in a nutshell. Richard Dawkins uses his expert command of words to explain Science, Atheism and His Life in such a breathtakingly way that while it is a long book, it flies by. 5/5 stars

Warning however, Dawkins is an atheist as stated above and religious people may not agree with his views. Hopefully this helps you

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aa7185619
Apr 01, 2016

Dawkins sure likes his adverbs. I thought science was supposed to have facts, not mere rhetorical posturing. A too wordy and weary read.

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HowardWilliams
Nov 11, 2015

Clearly an intelligent and persuasive man, but much of the text consists of laudatory comments about others which came to be very wearing. Like the curate's egg, good in parts.

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