Learn about the life of richard dawkins and modern science in a fraction of the time it takes to read the actual book!
Brief Candle in the Dark: My life in Science is a greatly interesting book. From one who doesn't understand the deeper biological systems and natural selection, genetics, and Darwinian Theory fully, much of it was easy to read. There are a set of stories Dawkins tells in this book, anecdotes and recollections of some of the major points he has experienced in the second half of his working life. Dawkins himself tells you there is no particular timeline to this book, it is more a stream of consciousness, a casual recounting of his life. Despite this, there is a sense of the passage of time as he recounts some of the stories, most amusing, some controversial and a few sad, which have shaped his view of the world and his life.
In his 12 published books, Dawkins has developed and honed many evolutionary and genetic theories, which he summarizes in the second half of the book. He uses extracts and written evidence from his own books and other sources, quoting his own and the words of others to demonstrate these theories and some of the responses to them.
Richard Dawkins is a world renowned scientist, and a controversial figure (he has been criticized by his contemporaries). This book condenses his life into what comes across as a stream of consciousness type telling, imagine if he were drunk and telling one unrelated story after another, which were fascinating, but only tied together because of the person telling the stories had experiencd them. This is a short (45 minute) book that will quickly catch you up on Dawkins, his career, and personal life A great gift for someone intersted in science, Dawkins, or just loves biographies.
Clinger does well narrating here, he is easy to follow and understand.
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I thought this book did a great job at reviewing Brief Candle in the Dark. I highly recommend this audiobook for those who don't want to read or listen to the full book. Thanks for being very detailed about the key points in the book!