Richard Dawkins - Flights of Fancy (view online until 28 Nov)

In conversation with Matt Stadlen

Richard Dawkins - Flights of Fancy (view online until 28 Nov)





Thursday 4 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Adults £12 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5

  • View the recording* of Richard Dawkins at the 2021 Petworth Festival Literary Week
  • Click here to book your online viewing link - the recording is available until Sunday 28 November
  • To buy a festival pass** to watch all our streamed events online click here

The Wonder of Flight - the Science of Evolution. From both, Richard Dawkins’ latest volume 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 – from the mythical Icarus, to the sadly extinct but magnificent bird Argentavis Magnificens, to the Wright Flyer and the 747.

Richard Dawkins is one of the world’s most eminent writers and thinkers, and a major contributor to the public understanding of the science of evolution. The award-winning author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion and a string of other bestselling science books, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Richard Dawkins (photo: Jana Lenzova)