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Author of the Month

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins was the Inaugural Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.

His books have sold many millions of copies and have been published in more than forty languages. They include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, The Magic of Reality and a string of other bestsellers.

In 2017, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Science Book Prize, the Royal Society conducted a poll to identify ‘the most inspiring science books of all time’: The Selfish Gene topped the poll. Richard Dawkins has honorary doctorates in both science and literature, and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature.

He has presented science documentaries on both the BBC and Channel 4, and was selected to give the 1991 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children, televised by the BBC. In 2013 he was voted the world’s top thinker, in Prospect Magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.

New from Richard Dawkins

Flights of Fancy : Defying Gravity by Design and Evolution - Richard Dawkins

The Wonder of Flight. The Science of Evolution. From both, Richard Dawkins weaves a fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of how nature and humans have learned to overcome the pull of gravity and take to the skies. Have you ever dreamt you could fly? Or imagined what it would be like to glide and swoop through the sky like a bird?

Do you let your mind soar to unknown, magical spaces? In Flights of Fancy, Richard Dawkins explains how nature and humans have learned to overcome the pull of gravity and take to the skies.

From the mythical Icarus, to the sadly extinct but spectacular bird Argentavis magnificens, from the Wright flyer and the 747, to the Tinkerbella fairyfly and the Peregrine falcon.

But it is also about flights of the mind, about escaping the everyday - through science, ideas and imagination.

Fascinating and beautifully illustrated, this is a unique collaboration between one of the world's leading scientists and a talented artist.



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