O curiozitate fără margini: cum am devenit om de știință

O curiozitate f r margini cum am devenit om de tiin Dawkins cercet torul i Dawkins omul sunt la fel de prezen i n acest volum de memorii din prima parte a vie ii autorului care ncep cu copil ria idilic petrecut n Africa i se ncheie cu povestea scrieri

  • Title: O curiozitate fără margini: cum am devenit om de știință
  • Author: Richard Dawkins Andreea Stănescu
  • ISBN: 9789735047634
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dawkins cercet torul i Dawkins omul sunt la fel de prezen i n acest volum de memorii din prima parte a vie ii autorului, care ncep cu copil ria idilic petrecut n Africa i se ncheie cu povestea scrierii i public rii Genei egoiste, una dintre cele mai importante c r i ale secolului XX Pentru omul de tiin , esen iale au fost dou evenimente biografice admiterea,Dawkins cercet torul i Dawkins omul sunt la fel de prezen i n acest volum de memorii din prima parte a vie ii autorului, care ncep cu copil ria idilic petrecut n Africa i se ncheie cu povestea scrierii i public rii Genei egoiste, una dintre cele mai importante c r i ale secolului XX Pentru omul de tiin , esen iale au fost dou evenimente biografice admiterea, n 1959, la Oxford, la Departamentul de Zoologie, unde a beneficiat de celebrul sistem tutorial al universit ii, care i a cultivat i rafinat curiozitatea pentru lumea vie iar mai apoi intrarea n grupul de cercetare condus de marele s u mentor, etologul Niko Tinbergen Dup o tez de doctorat str lucit , urmeaz fecunda perioad experimental de la Berkeley, revenirea la Oxford, n 1970, i continuarea cercet rilor folosind intens posibilit ile computerelor din acea vreme Scris cu talent, ca toate c r ile lui Richard Dawkins, combin nd istorii amuzante i versuri iubite cu interpret ri de experimente i cu mari idei din biologie povestite pe n elesul nespeciali tilor, O curiozitate f r margini este menit cum spunea Michael Shermer s devin o carte clasic n analele autobiografiei tiin ifice Tot pe atunci am nceput i tutorialele cu Niko Tinbergen pe tema comportamentului animal i via a mea s a schimbat Se pare c i f cusem o impresie bun lui Niko n raportul de la sf r itul anului prezentat colegiului, a spus c sunt cel mai bun student pe care l a avut vreodat M a ncurajat nde ajuns ca s l ntreb dac ar fi de acord s m ia sub aripa lui ca student cercet tor spre enorma mea nc ntare, a acceptat Viitorul mi era asigurat, cel pu in pentru urm torii trei ani i pentru tot restul vie ii, dac stau s m g ndesc mai bine Richard DAWKINS

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    1. 'An Appetite For Wonder' is the first part of Richard's autobiography and cover his life up until the publication of The Selfish Gene as well as some material about his parents and grandparents before he came along. It is written in the usual Dawkins style, witty charming and self-effacing and filled with anecdotes about great people in his life and how their influence has helped him become the man he is today.The initial part of the book deals with Richard's lineage and while it is a bit dry it [...]

    2. This is pretty much entirely an autobiography, giving us all the stray bits of Richard Dawkin's childhood through college and, later, his pet projects and his interest in programming before later publishing The Selfish Gene.As a writer, he's always good. He seemed to have a rather interesting childhood in Africa with loving parents, becoming a rather bullied child in school, getting heavily into religion among other things, including a rather unfortunate sexual event. At least it didn't seem to [...]

    3. In this short autobiography, Richard Dawkins covers the first half of his life. The book ends with the publication of his first book, The Selfish Gene. The book is filled with short anecdotes about Dawkins' life growing up, from the youngest age. The first half of the book covers his childhood; in this section Dawkins frequently wonders why he did so many "unthinking" things, often devoid of curiosity. He wonders how he was influenced to become a biologist; and both his parents were interested i [...]

    4. Richard Dawkins gets a bad rap. Sure, I understand he can be critical of religion and maybe a little arrogant He thinks the world would be better off without religion but never advocates its banishment. So what? I hate beets but i won't stop others from eating them. But Dawkins has never knocked on my door at 7 AM and shoved a religious pamphlet in my face. He never insisted on his ideas being read in Sunday school to provide a balanced viewpoint. And he never threatened eternal punishment if I [...]

    5. Dawkins has given us some idea of how he has come to be the man he is, and how he has been influenced or not by the times in which he lived and the people and circumstances of his existence. Born during WW-II, in Africa where his Father served the King's African Rifles in Kenya, he relies heavily on his Mother's journals to exhibit details of those early years. History may relegate the African campaigns to North Africa and the exploits of Rommel, Montgomery and Patton, but the war influenced col [...]

    6. We've all heard the stereotypes about kids who grow up to be scientists: precocious, prodigious little children, lonely and isolated from their peers, who lock themselves in a room for several hours at a time doing experiments. By his own admission, Richard Dawkins was none of these things. When he lived in Africa as a boy, he was apparently more interested, for example, in playing with toy cars than watching a pride of lions devour its prey. However, he was-- and is-- a lover of words, and that [...]

    7. Can it be? Dawkins the brilliant scientist, thinker and iconoclast, is actually a bit dull? Start reading from the beginning (but how else could you read it?), and you might think so. It was only after I got to the second half, chronicling his life at Oxford and up to the age of 35 that I really began to appreciate this autobiography of a surprisingly diffident and self-effacing young man. The last chapter, in fact, where Dawkins looks honestly and uncompromisingly at himself, unsparing in his a [...]

    8. Richard Dawkins has a reputation. He’s considered the leading figure in the “militant atheism” movement, as well as religion’s harshest critic. In scientific circles, however, he’s also well known as a major contributor to ethology, animal behaviour science, and evolutionary biology. In short, he is, as he put it, a “labourer in Darwin’s vineyard today”.An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist takes you on a journey where you get to know the man behind the persuasive arg [...]

    9. ‎‫‏‬I thought I would LOVE this memoir, but I only liked it!I'm not saying that I got disappointed, but I wanted this book to give me something else. Something more interesting. ‫ ‬This book [which is the first part of Dawkins' biography] tells the story of Richard Dawkins' childhood and his journey in science - as a student - until his GREATEST accomplishment: the publication of The Selfish Gene. To be honest, I didn't find the story very interesting. It was an ordinary story - ev [...]

    10. An Appetite For Wonder is Richard Dawkins’ latest book and unlike The God Delusion is unlikely to be burned. It is essentially a memoir, and follows the first half of the author’s life, up until the publishing of The Selfish Gene. The second part of his life will be dealt with in a later volume. Dawkins is just about as British as you can get, including the plum in mouth accent that comes through his writing style and is his actual voice in real life. However, like many of his contemporaries [...]

    11. The only reason I gave it only four stars is that a couple of the chapters describing his research were very arcane and way above my ability to follow! Other than that, this is a great book, telling of this great scientist's life from birth until the publication of his surprise best-seller bombshell THE SELFISH GENE. If you want proof of evolution, you need go no farther than his explanation of the revealingly "bad design" of the recurrent laryngeal nerve and how it traces directly back to our e [...]

    12. It's hard for me to imagine a world without Richard Dawkins, because his books have contributed so much to my understanding of the world (as they've done for so many others). I've often wondered how exactly he became the man that he is. I have to say that his background is pretty much as anyone might imagine--an African childhood spent wandering the bush (although he downplays its significance), a botanist father, prep school and then Oxford, where his father and several other family members had [...]

    13. Richard Dawkins shares his life story up to the point of the publication of his first book "The Selfish Gene" (now famous for coining the word "meme"). While I am always fascinated with autobiographies of British people I was a bit disappointed in how much of the book had already been covered in his previous books. I would have liked more personal insight regarding his "appetite for wonder" and fewer lengthy passages lifted directly from his other writings in explanation of his experiments. The [...]

    14. I think I should have skipped this book and waited for the second volume where – presumably – Dawkins will talk about how he turned from a scientist into a public intellectual and the face of unapologetic atheism. This volume covers his childhood years in Kenya and then his Oxford years – none of which I found particularly interesting. Nor did I really like the rather long sections describing his doctoral research. The book got more interesting for me towards the end when he talks about th [...]

    15. In the past I've often denounced the whole genre of autobiography as being unacceptably self-indulgent, and Richard Dawkins himself, of course, is the walking embodiment of unexamined privilege, so I expected to dislike the smugly titled An Appetite for Wonder more than I did.It's not that Dawkins has suddenly grown a sense of self-awareness† or that his account of his youth doesn't contain barely-concealed nostalgia for colonialism or the well-publicised trivialisation of child molestation— [...]

    16. "An Appetite for Wonder" is a memoir covering Dawkins evolution from his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa to the 1976 publication of his seminal work "The Selfish Gene". He explains toward the end of the book that the other half part of his life is the subject of yet another autobiographical work to be published in two years time. I am really looking forward to it, since I really liked this one, the first one. I don't know why but for some reason I expected the childhood part to be mundane, [...]

    17. Richard Dawkins is a man I would like to spend an afternoon with, sharing a bottle of wine and talking about interesting things. He is damn good company and I enjoyed his memoir. And yet, having finished it just a few minutes ago, I'm left mildly dissatisfied. He has given us an account of his intellectual development from earliest years through the publication of The Selfish Gene. He's told us amusing bits about the Great Men who inspired and mentored him. But I'm not entirely sure I learned mu [...]

    18. My first memoir It was really good. I really admire Richard Dawkins so maybe I'm bias in this, I think he's brilliant and it was very interesting to know a little about his early life, about his passion for biology specially zoology and evolution. Very thought provoking for me and inspiring to continue my journey to become a better scientist and researcher. It feels weird trying to rate a non-fiction book, but this one I think deserves the highest rating. It has a bit of everything and I just lo [...]

    19. Dawkins is one of my favorite authors. He has a wonderful ability to string together memorably precise phrases, and he is peerless in his position as an 'effective persuader' (as he refers to himself at the end of this book.) Of his books I usually would comment that he has done a great job of taking esoteric scientific concepts and parsing out the heavy data leaving behind reader-friendly knowledge bombs. However, the second half of this book is pretty dense as it explores his graduate research [...]

    20. A disappointing book of a life full of events, but short on what they mean to the author. It sheds little to no light on how Dawkins came to be the intellect he is, and fails as both conventional autobiography and memoir. The purpose of writing is to illuminate what is hidden, and this book is far off the mark.See my full review of Richard Dawkins' Appetite for Wonder in The New York Journal of Books.A list of recent reviews can also be found on Richard Cytowic's profile page at the NY Journal o [...]

    21. Richard Dawkins as he recalls his early lifeI am an admirer of Richard Dawkins because he has written some books debunking God. So I was attracted to this book because I was curious about is personal history. He was born in Africa two parents who were in service to the global domination of England. He grew up a fairly privileged life with his education culminating at Oxford. I experienced the book in its audible format read by author Dawkins himself with his wonderful English accent. You should [...]

    22. I read several books by Dawkins during the '90s and discovered that he is the British ethologist who coined the word "meme" now embedded in the behavioral sciences. When Susan Blackmore ran with the meme ball, I also read what she had to say on the topic. This book, however, is a memoir of a person born into a family of privilege, a person whose hero is Charles Darwin, a person who writes in such a manner that I'm often amused and enlightened simultaneously. Dawkins is a talented writer who show [...]

    23. While I really enjoyed the first part of the book and learning more about his childhood, for someone who has read most of his other work I found too much repetition from those older writings in the last third or so.

    24. Started off interesting, faded and repetitive towards the end. I was hoping for a little more about the discovery of the evidence of his own beliefs and would have preferred less detail about the minutiae of pecking chicks.

    25. It is fascinating and wonderful to learn, step-by-step, how Richard Dawkins became, well, Richard Dawkins—the brilliant academic (ethologist, evolutionary biologist). I have never read a memoir like this, it is fitting that the entire memoir feels like an explained equation. It's mathematical and scientific in it's prose: the study, understanding, and explanation of Richard Dawkins. This memoir traces Dawkins' life and how his career shaped. You see the exact path of events in his life and cur [...]

    26. Superbly written memoir by a great scientist. Dawkins has gotten a bit of a reputation as a jerk in the last few years. But this book tells a wonderful story of his life, from birth in colonial Africa until his middle age and the publication of his book "The Selfish Gene" and far from being the work of a nasty person it is generous and funny and not at all self-aggrandizing.

    27. A well told story.Objectively the life of Richard wasn't that intersting but he made it intersting. Discussing some of his early work and the relationships he had formed, Dawkins made the listening of his life story a good use of time.

    28. Richard Dawkins is a good writer. At first I was very interested. However, the fact that he is an atheist began to bother me. He doesn't even think that children should be "fooled" into believing in make-believe--Santa Claus etc. They should be taught to question and to be cynical. He was quite condescending towards people who have religious beliefs. I just got tired of it.

    29. An autobiography of Dawkins' early life through the publishing of "The Selfish Gene" in 1976, with plenty of anecdotes of his days at boarding school as a young child. I found the last few chapters, leading up to and including the writing of his first book, to be the most interesting.

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