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Brief Candle in the Dark Audiobook

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

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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 25 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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  • PH
    9/15/15
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    "Fascinating incites, evolution, science and Oxford"
    Would you listen to Brief Candle in the Dark again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nearly all of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellently read by the author and lots of leads to other books I would also like to read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Je suis Charlie
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    1/20/16
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    "Science!"
    What did you like most about Brief Candle in the Dark?

    Always nice to hear Dawkins reading his own books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brief Candle in the Dark?

    The mention of his lampooning in southpark at the end.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    See above


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me happy.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthy sequel to volume one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MCalcot
    11/20/15
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    "Fantastic read"

    A collection of fascinating anecdotes beautifully read by the author, I thoroughly enjoyed it. You won't be disappointed.

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