First Edition of An Appetite For Wonder; Signed by Richard Dawkins
Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.
Item Number: 3423
London: Bantam Press, 2013.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Richard Dawkins on the title page.
In An Appetite For Wonder, Richard Dawkins shows us how he became a scientist. Born in Nairobi, he studied zoology at Oxford and taught at Berkeley before returning to Oxford as a professor. The publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976 sparked a revolution in biology and made Dawkins a celebrity well beyond his field of study. The autobiography itself offers a revealing look at a man, rather than an established celebrity, searching for the course his life will take; but the book is much more than that, thanks to the wealth of fascinating asides. Even a simple thing like discussing his grandparents becomes, in Dawkins’ hands, a launching pad for a discussion of linguistics and evolutionary history. As he moves through his life, Dawkins glides along for a while and then, suddenly, stops to take a really good look at an idea that appeals to him. “Dawkins proves that today he is still an extraordinary thinker, and one who has made an enormous contribution to understanding human nature. This memoir is a fascinating account of one man’s attempt to find answers to some of the most difficult questions posed to mankind” (NPR Books).