Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
ISBN: 0062288431
EAN13: 9780062288431
Language: English
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 2.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 2.00 lbs.
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In this hugely entertaining sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder , Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century-- The God Delusion. Called one of the best nonfiction writers alive today (Stephen Pinker) and a prize-fighter ( Nature ), 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. On the publication of his tenth book, the smash hit, The God Delusion , a resounding trumpet blast for truth (Matt Ridley), Richard Dawkins was catapulted from mere intellectual stardom into a circle of celebrity thinkers dubbed, The New Atheists--including Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. Throughout A Brief Candle in the Dark , Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life's brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture.
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From the Back Cover In this hugely entertaining sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder , Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his bravura intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion--and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century-- The God Delusion Called one of the best nonfiction writers alive today (Steven Pinker) and a prize-fighter ( Nature ), Richard Dawkins cheerfully and mischievously looks back on a lifetime of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. Exploring the halls of scholarly inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of his seminal work, The Selfish Gene , he affectionately lampoons the worlds of academia, publishing, and television and studs the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he's known--including Douglas Adams, Christopher Hitchens, John Maynard Smith, Dame Miriam Rothschild, Nathan Myhrvold, Richard Leakey, Carolyn Porco, and Philip Pullman. Dawkins offers here a candid look both at what encouraged him to shift his attention from the laboratory to the intersection of culture, religion, and science and at many of the primary figures in the merger between scientific and literary fields known to some as The Third Culture. On the publication of his tenth book, the smash hit The God Delusion , a resounding trumpet blast for truth (Matt Ridley), Dawkins was catapulted from mere intellectual stardom into a circle of celebrity thinkers dubbed The Four Horsemen, which included Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. Shedding new light on the book's publication and content, Dawkins makes clear the boundary between literary assault and literary satire. Brief Candle in the Dark allows the reader a closer look at the brilliant succession of influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins. Throughout, Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life's brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture.

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