Richard Dawkins - The Wonder of Flight & The Science of 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.


Do you sometimes dream you can fly like a bird? Gliding effortlessly above the treetops, soaring and swooping, playing and dodging through the third dimension. Computer games, virtual reality headsets, and some drugs can lift our imagination and fly us through fabled, magical spaces. But it’s not the real thing. No wonder some of the past’s greatest minds, including Leonardo da Vinci’s, have yearned for flying machines and struggled to design them.


Flights of Fancy is a book about flying – all the different ways of defying gravity that have been discovered by humans over the centuries and by other animals over the millions of years, from the mythical Icarus, to the sadly extinct but magnificent bird Argentavis magnificens, to the Wright Flyer and the 747. But it also means flights of digression into more general ideas and principles that take off from a discussion about actual flight.


Lucidly and elegantly written, this is a unique collaboration between one of the world’s leading zoologists and a talented artist. Flights of Fancy is will enlighten and delight readers of all ages.


Richard Dawkins will be interviewed by the TV presenter Dallas Campbell

Dallas presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes including Science of Stupid, Britain Beneath Your Feet and The Treasure Hunters.


Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker and ambassador for STEM Education.  He works closely with several major outreach initiatives, including The Big Bang Fair.


He has won many plaudits for his services to the public understanding of science, including an Honorary Masters degree, an Honorary Fellowship from the British Science Association, honorary life membership for his work at the Royal Institution and an Arthur C Clarke Media Award for services to space science.


Hi book Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet charts the history, science and culture of human spaceflight.  He has also written for the Sky At Night magazine, BBC’s Science Focus and The Observer.

Sunday 17th October | 12pm

Players Theatre, Thame, Oxfordshire

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