An Appetite for Wonder

An Appetite for Wonder
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-09-24
ISBN 10: 0062225812
ISBN 13: 9780062225818
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Appetite for Wonder Book Review:

With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first memoir offers a more personal view. His first book, The Selfish Gene, caused a seismic shift in the study of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution. It was also in this book that Dawkins coined the term meme, a unit of cultural evolution, which has itself become a mainstay in contemporary culture. In An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, peppered with sketches of his colorful ancestors, charming parents, and the peculiarities of colonial life right after World War II. At boarding school, despite a near-religious encounter with an Elvis record, he began his career as a skeptic by refusing to kneel for prayer in chapel. Despite some inspired teaching throughout primary and secondary school, it was only when he got to Oxford that his intellectual curiosity took full flight. Arriving at Oxford in 1959, when undergraduates "left Elvis behind" for Bach or the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dawkins began to study zoology and was introduced to some of the university's legendary mentors as well as its tutorial system. It's to this unique educational system that Dawkins credits his awakening, as it invited young people to become scholars by encouraging them to pose rigorous questions and scour the library for the latest research rather than textbook "teaching to" any kind of test. His career as a fellow and lecturer at Oxford took an unexpected turn when, in 1973, a serious strike in Britain caused prolonged electricity cuts, and he was forced to pause his computer-based research. Provoked by the then widespread misunderstanding of natural selection known as "group selection" and inspired by the work of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he began to write a book he called, jokingly, "my bestseller." It was, of course, The Selfish Gene. Here, for the first time, is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist, and the story of how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

An Appetite For Wonder The Making of a Scientist

An Appetite For Wonder  The Making of a Scientist
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-09-12
ISBN 10: 1448152690
ISBN 13: 9781448152698
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Appetite For Wonder The Making of a Scientist Book Review:

Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world? In An Appetite for Wonder we join him on a personal journey from an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa, through the eccentricities of boarding school in England, to his studies at the University of Oxford’s dynamic Zoology Department, which sparked his radical new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene. Through Dawkins’s honest self-reflection, touching reminiscences and witty anecdotes, we are finally able to understand the private influences that shaped the public man who, more than anyone else in his generation, explained our own origins.

Unweaving the Rainbow

Unweaving the Rainbow
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2000-04-05
ISBN 10: 9780547347356
ISBN 13: 0547347359
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unweaving the Rainbow Book Review:

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Science in the Soul. “If any recent writing about science is poetic, it is this” (The Wall Street Journal). Did Sir Isaac Newton “unweave the rainbow” by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as John Keats contended? Did he, in other words, diminish beauty? Far from it, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton’s unweaving is the key too much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology. Mysteries don’t lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mysteries. With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made him a bestselling author, Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder. This is the book Dawkins was meant to write: A brilliant assessment of what science is (and isn’t), a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting. “A love letter to science, an attempt to counter the perception that science is cold and devoid of aesthetic sensibility . . . Rich with metaphor, passionate arguments, wry humor, colorful examples, and unexpected connections, Dawkins’ prose can be mesmerizing.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Brilliance and wit.” —The New Yorker

The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene
Author: Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science Richard Dawkins,Richard Dawkins,David Dawkins,RICHARD AUTOR DAWKINS
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 352
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 9780192860927
ISBN 13: 0192860925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Selfish Gene Book Review:

An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

Brief Candle in the Dark

Brief Candle in the Dark
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2015-09-10
ISBN 10: 1448169976
ISBN 13: 9781448169979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brief Candle in the Dark Book Review:

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 twenty-five postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford. He pays affectionate tribute to past colleagues and students, recalling 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 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.

The Magic of Reality

The Magic of Reality
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2012-09-11
ISBN 10: 1451675046
ISBN 13: 9781451675047
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Magic of Reality Book Review:

The best-selling author of The God Delusion and the artist of such award-winning graphic novels as Wizard and Glass address key scientific questions previously explained by rich mythologies, from the evolution of the first humans and the life cycle of stars to the principles of a rainbow and the origins of the universe. 150,000 first printing.

Appetite for Change

Appetite for Change
Author: Warren J. Belasco
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780801473296
ISBN 13: 0801473292
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Appetite for Change Book Review:

In this engaging inquiry, Warren J. Belasco considers the rise of the countercuisine movement in the 1960s. --Michael Pollan "The Omnivore's Dilemma"

Climbing Mount Improbable

Climbing Mount Improbable
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 352
Release: 1997-09-17
ISBN 10: 0393070522
ISBN 13: 9780393070521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Climbing Mount Improbable Book Review:

A brilliant book celebrating improbability as the engine that drives life, by the acclaimed author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely, one might believe, its current shape and function must be the product of design. How could such an intricate object have come about by chance? Tackling this subject—in writing that the New York Times called "a masterpiece"—Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on earth. The metaphor of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly "designed" complexity of living things. Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain's passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time. Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins's eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the teeming populations of figs, the intricate silken world of spiders, and the evolution of wings on the bodies of flightless animals. And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. Climbing Mount Improbable is a book of great impact and skill, written by the most prominent Darwinian of our age.

The Extended Phenotype

The Extended Phenotype
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2016-08-21
ISBN 10: 0198788916
ISBN 13: 9780198788911
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Extended Phenotype Book Review:

In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins crystallized the gene's eye view of evolution developed by W.D. Hamilton and others. The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, The Extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as theunit of selection; but it did much more besides. In it, Dawkins extended the gene's eye view to argue that the genes that sit within an organism have an influence that reaches out beyond the visible traits in that body - the phenotype - to the wider environment, which can include other individuals.So, for instance, the genes of the beaver drive it to gather twigs to produce the substantial physical structure of a dam; and the genes of the cuckoo chick produce effects that manipulate the behaviour of the host bird, making it nurture the intruder as one of its own. This notion of the extendedphenotype has proved to be highly influential in the way we understand evolution and the natural world. It represents a key scientific contribution to evolutionary biology, and it continues to play an important role in research in the life sciences.The Extended Phenotype is a conceptually deep book that forms important reading for biologists and students. But Dawkins' clear exposition is accessible to all who are prepared to put in a little effort.Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Appetite

Appetite
Author: Sheila Grinell
Publsiher: She Writes Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2016-05-17
ISBN 10: 1631520237
ISBN 13: 9781631520235
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Appetite Book Review:

Conflict between Boomer parents and Millennial children about how you should lead your life.... When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home—who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter—while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life. In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work—one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?

Appetite for Innovation

Appetite for Innovation
Author: M. Pilar Opazo
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-07-05
ISBN 10: 0231541635
ISBN 13: 9780231541633
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Appetite for Innovation Book Review:

The name elBulli is synonymous with creativity and innovation. Located in Catalonia, Spain, the three-star Michelin restaurant led the world to "molecular" or "techno-emotional" cooking and made creations, such as pine-nut marshmallows, rose-scented mozzarella, liquid olives, and melon caviar, into sensational reality. People traveled from all over the world—if they could secure a reservation during its six months of operation—to experience the wonder that chef Ferran Adrià and his team concocted in their test kitchen, never offering the same dish twice. Yet elBulli's business model proved unsustainable. The restaurant converted to a foundation in 2011, and is working hard on its next revolution. Will elBulli continue to innovate? What must an organization do to create something new? Appetite for Innovation is an organizational analysis of elBulli and the nature of innovation. Pilar Opazo joined elBulli's inner circle as the restaurant transitioned from a for-profit business to its new organizational model. In this book, she compares this moment to the culture of change that first made elBulli famous, and then describes the novel forms of communication, idea mobilization, and embeddedness that continue to encourage the staff to focus and invent as a whole. She finds that the successful strategies employed by elBulli are similar to those required for innovation in art, music, business, and technology, proving the value of the elBulli model across organizations and industries.

Spacefarers

Spacefarers
Author: Christopher Wanjek
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 067498448X
ISBN 13: 9780674984486
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spacefarers Book Review:

What will it take to make humanity a spacefaring species? The usual: good reasons and good planning. Christopher Wanjek explores the practical motivations for striking out into the far reaches of the solar system and the realities of the challenge. And he introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are already tackling that challenge.

The Wonder Weeks

The Wonder Weeks
Author: Frans X. Plooij,Hetty van de Rijt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 510
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 9789491882166
ISBN 13: 9491882163
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wonder Weeks Book Review:

The Wonder Weeks reveals what's going on inside baby's mind. Including a bonus chapter with everything about the relationship between sleep and leaps, as well as unique insight into your baby's sleeping behavior. The book includes: * Week-by-week guide to baby's behavior* When to expect the fussy behavior, what this implies (cranky, clingy, crying (the three C's) behavior) and how to deal with these regression periods (leaps)* A description from your baby's perspective of the world around him and how you can understand the changes he's going through* Fun games and gentle activities you can do with your child* Unique insight into your baby's sleeping behaviour The book is based on the scientific- and parental-world-changing discovery of a phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be more fussy at very nearly the same ages, regression periods, and sleep less in these phases. These age-related fluctuations in need for body contact and attention (regression periods) are related to major and quite dramatic changes in the brains of the children. These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and, as a consequence, to learn many new skills. This should be a reason for celebration, but as far as the baby is concerned these changes are bewildering. He's taken aback--everything has changed overnight. It is as if he has woken up on a strange planet. He needs you to guide him and understand what he is going through! Get ready to rediscover the world all over again with your baby... Bonus: Sleep, and the lack of sleep... that's something we all have to deal with when we have a baby. The bonus chapter includes everything about the relationship between sleep and leaps, as well as unique insight into your baby's sleeping behavior. Hint: did you know your baby learns (and there's a lot of brain activity) during those little, 'light' sleeps?

Why We Eat Too Much

Why We Eat  Too Much
Author: Andrew Jenkinson
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-01-02
ISBN 10: 0241400546
ISBN 13: 9780241400548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why We Eat Too Much Book Review:

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A PRACTICAL, ACCESSIBLE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE SECRET TO LASTING WEIGHT LOSS AND HOW YOU CAN GET IN SHAPE WITHOUT COUNTING CALORIES 'A compelling look at the science of appetite and metabolism' Vogue 'Fascinating science' ITV _______________ What we've been told about our diet has been all wrong. In fact, diet culture can actually drive up your weight in the long-term. For over two decades, weight loss surgeon Dr Andrew Jenkinson has treated thousands of people who have become trapped in the endless cycle of dieting. Combining case studies from his practice and the new science of metabolism, Why We Eat (Too Much) debunks the great myths of the body, and systematically explains why dieting is counter-productive. An unflinching book, it investigates every aspect of nutrition, including: 1. The difference between good and bad fats 2. 'Set weight points' that are unique to everyone 3. The impact of genes and genetic mutation on our weight 4. What happens to our hormones long after a diet ends It's time to put an end to the confusion and understand our bodies better than ever before. _______________ 'Articulate, clear, a joy to read, this is a book that really needed written' Joanna Blythman, author of Swallow This 'Highly persuasive . . . a radical approach to weight loss' Sunday Times 'Debunks the myths around dieting and weight-loss' Telegraph

Appetite for Acquisition

Appetite for Acquisition
Author: Robin Gagnon,Eric Gagnon
Publsiher: Tate Publishing
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2011-04
ISBN 10: 1617398144
ISBN 13: 9781617398148
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Appetite for Acquisition Book Review:

'This is the definitive guide for anyone looking to enter the restaurant industry! Full of hands-on practical advice and real-life examples, Robin and Eric provide you with the expertise necessary to avoid common pitfalls and navigate your way to owning the restaurant of your dreams!' —Herb Mesa, Finalist, The Next Food Network Star, Season 6 'Outstanding work...presented in a bright and motivating style that is quite informative. Highly recommended reading for the food service entrepreneur.' —Henry L. Hicks, Certified business broker, fellow of the IBBA, past chairman of the board of the International Business Brokers Association, CEO of Georgia Business Associates, Inc., board member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers Six out of every ten startup restaurants fail. Your restaurant should not be one of them. Veteran industry experts and restaurant brokers Eric and Robin Gagnon now present their guide to buying an existing restaurant so you can beat the odds. Readers will finish this book knowing how to acquire a restaurant in a way that is less painful, more profitable, and delivers a better return on their investment. With the help of this guide, you can soon satisfy your Appetite for Acquisition!

Miracles and the Protestant Imagination

Miracles and the Protestant Imagination
Author: Philip M. Soergel
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2012-02-03
ISBN 10: 0199844666
ISBN 13: 9780199844661
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Miracles and the Protestant Imagination Book Review:

Generations of scholars have assumed that the Reformation represented a vital step on the way to the "disenchantment of the world." Philip Soergel's groundbreaking study on wonder books reveals that German evangelical Reformers were themselves active enchanters.

Kids of Appetite

Kids of Appetite
Author: David Arnold
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-09-20
ISBN 10: 0698165411
ISBN 13: 9780698165410
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kids of Appetite Book Review:

"A gorgeous, insightful, big-hearted joy of a book." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything The critically acclaimed author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this New York Times bestselling tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss. Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

A Certain Hunger

A Certain Hunger
Author: Chelsea G. Summers
Publsiher: Unnamed Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-12
ISBN 10: 9781951213145
ISBN 13: 1951213149
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Certain Hunger Book Review:

Black Appetite White Food

Black Appetite  White Food
Author: Jamila Lyiscott
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 90
Release: 2019-05-24
ISBN 10: 1000006891
ISBN 13: 9781000006896
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Appetite White Food Book Review:

Black Appetite. White Food. invites educators to explore the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. Renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott provides ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity. Part I of the book helps you ask the hard questions, such as whether your pedagogy is more aligned with colonialism than you realize and whether you are really giving students of color a voice. Part II offers a variety of helpful strategies for analysis and reflection. Each chapter includes personal stories, frank discussions of the barriers you may face, and practical ideas that will guide you as you work to confront privilege in your classroom, campus, and beyond.

Appetite for Self Destruction

Appetite for Self Destruction
Author: Steve Knopper
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-01-06
ISBN 10: 1416594558
ISBN 13: 9781416594550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Appetite for Self Destruction Book Review:

For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world -- and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the '80s and '90s, Sony, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. Now, because powerful people like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola failed to recognize the incredible potential of file-sharing technology, the labels are in danger of becoming completely obsolete. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world's highs and lows. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources -- from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning -- Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry's wild ride through the past three decades. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the '80s and '90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen. With unforgettable portraits of the music world's mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant and stupid ideas brought to fruition or left on the cutting-room floor; the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read. It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these dire straits, and where it's going from here -- and a cautionary tale for the digital age.