"A century from now historians will take note of a handful of scientific luminaries in the second half of the 20th century who changed not just their science but their culture. First among equals in that short list will surely be Richard Dawkins, unquestionably one of the great minds of our time who is also an eloquent writer. Brief Candle in the Dark gives those future historians his pathway to greatness that begins with the publication of his monumental The Selfish Gene in 1976 and climaxes with the book that may do more to elevate atheism to a legitimate position than any that came before? The God Delusion?whose impact, like the author, reverberates still." ( Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist at Scientific American, and author of 'The Moral Arc')Vom Verlag:
In An Appetite for Wonder Richard Dawkins brought us his engaging memoir of the first 35 years of his life from early childhood in Africa to publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976, when he shot to fame as one of the most exciting new scientists of his generation. In Brief Candle in the Dark he continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that inspired and motivated him.
He paints a vivid picture, coloured with wit, anecdote and digression, of the twenty-five postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford. He pays affectionate tribute to past colleagues and students, recalling with characteristic wry humour the idiosyncrasies of an establishment steeped in ancient tradition and arcane ritual while also recording his respect for the profound commitment to learning and discovery that lies at its core. He invites us to share the life of a travelling scientist, from fieldwork on the Panama Canal to conferences of stratospheric eminence in exotic locations in the company of some of the most prominent – and some of the most eccentric – of the world’s scientific luminaries. And he describes his experiences with his many publishers, television producers, interviewers and partners in debate, not least in the heady period when, after publication of The God Delusion in 2006, he is dubbed the world’s most outspoken and controversial atheist.
Most important of all, for the first time he reviews with fresh and stimulating insights the evolving narrative of his ideas about science over the course of his highly distinguished career as thinker, teacher and writer. In Brief Candle in the Dark we are invited to enter with him a constantly stimulating world of discovery and to meet a fascinating cast of exceptional characters described by the talented pen of one of the most exceptional of them all.
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Buchbeschreibung Transworld Publishers Ltd Sep 2015, 2015. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 241x159x45 mm. Neuware - The second and final part of Richard Dawkins's memoirs, following on from the critically acclaimed 'An Appetite For Wonder', which took readers up to the publication of 'The Selfish Gene' in 1976. He paints a vivid picture, coloured with wit, anecdote and digression, of the 25 postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford, his life as a travelling scientist visiting exotic locations, and his experience with his many publishers, TV producers, interviewers and partners in debate, not least in the heady period after the publication of 'The God Delusion' in 2006. Publication will be accompanied by a nationwide speaking tour. 464 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780593072554