Don’t stop non-believin’…
Author: Richard Dawkins
It’s one of the most profound and all-encompassing ideas in the history of science. Just over 150 years after its publication, Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection continues to generate discussion, disagreement and controversy. While many great scientists have devoted their lives to expanding on Darwin’s work, there may be no one alive today who has done more to enlighten the world about natural selection and its myriad ramifications than Richard Dawkins. After recently beginning his eighth decade on the planet, he published the second volume of his memoirs, entitled Brief Candle in the Dark. I’ve been a huge fan of his work for a long time and I’m happy to report that it appears he doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
Picking up where he left off in An Appetite for Wonder, Dawkins – currently an emeritus fellow at New College, Oxford – focuses on the years following the publication of his wildly popular The Selfish Gene in 1976 at the age of 35. He sequentially touches on each of his subsequent books, providing much of the backstory behind each volume, including my personal favorite – his magnum opus – The Ancestor’s Tale. Never one to miss an opportunity to expound evolutionarily, Dawkins spends a considerable portion of this book reviewing and expanding on many of the themes in his previous dozen books.