Event Details

An Appetite for Wonder: The making of a scientist, Richard Dawkins in conversation with David Freeman

The Sheldonian Theatre sponsored by Blackwells Oxford
Broad Street
Oxford , OX1 3AZ , United Kingdom

Join in a conversation between Richard Dawkins and David Freeman as they discuss  An Appetite for Wonder. We join Richard Dawkins on a personal journey back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa, through an English schooling and then on to Oxford, the catalyst to his life. Vigorous debate in the dynamic Zoology Department unleashes his innate intellectual curiosity, and inspirational mentors together with his own creative thinking ignite the spark that results in his radical new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene.


From innocent child to charismatic world-famous scientist, Richard Dawkins paints a colourful, richly textured canvas of his early life. Honest self-reflection and witty anecdotes are interspersed with touching reminiscences of his family and friends, literature, poetry and songs. 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.


Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Customer Services Department, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. Alternatively, please telephone 01865 333623 or email 

Tue Sep 17 at 07:00PM to 09:00PM BST (GMT +0100)