Science in the Soul

  • by Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward, Gillian Somerscales
  • 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins - author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion - is one of science's greatest communicators. This anthology of more than 40 pieces is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and the glory of science. Breathtaking, brilliant and passionate, these essays, journalism, lectures and letters make an unanswerable case for the wonder of scientific discovery and its power to stir the imagination; for the practical necessity of scientific endeavour to society; and for the importance of the scientific way of thinking - particularly in today's 'post-truth' world.
With an introduction and new commentary by the author, subjects range from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one. Alongside the explications, the celebrations and the controversies are wonderfully funny ventures into satire and parody and moving personal reflections in memory and honour of others.
Science in the Soul is a sparkling showcase for Professor Dawkins' rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy.
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A must for anyone who enjoys logical argument.

This collection of works by the author, with some editorial pieces added in, is a masterpiece.

Richard Dawkins is about as clear a thinker as one could hope to ever meet. His entire thought process is so accessible and rational, you will find yourself drawn in inexorably.

The narration is first class both in terms of clarity and speed.

Be forewarned: this work may, as it did to me, make you weep for the loss of potential engendered in modern humanity. It will, however, bring you through this despair and into the light of possibility and wonder, the hallmark of Professor Dawkin's arguments.

Prepare to ride the rollercoaster that is scientific discovery and be amazed by all the things that you did not know. Those previously unknown subjects will have a bright torch shone upon them and leave you wondering, how you could ever have failed to see something so patently obvious before?

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, for unlike Professor Dawkins, my language fails me. Instead, be assured this book will educate you thoroughly, everyone, from child to Doctor, from the curious to the academic.

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- Sam

Let's face it, it's Dawkins, it's got to be good.

Dawkins is a wonderful science educator and himself a shining candle in the dark. I would recommend reading/listening to all of his books.
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- S D BALL

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks