The ancestor's tale is at once an essential education in evolutionary theory and a riveting read. With unparalleled wit, clarity, richard dawkins, and intelligence, one of the world's most renowned evolutionary biologists, has introduced countless readers to the wonders of science in works such as The Selfish Gene.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for EvolutionFree Press - Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth. Intelligent design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory. Richard dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone.
. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene.
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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without DesignW. W. Norton & Company - In the blind watchmaker, richard Dawkins crafts an elegant riposte to show that the complex process of Darwinian natural selection is unconscious and automatic. In the eighteenth century, theologian William Paley developed a famous metaphor for creationism: that of the skilled watchmaker. Richard dawkins’s classic remains the definitive argument for our modern understanding of evolution.
The blind watchmaker is the seminal text for understanding evolution today. If natural selection can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is a blind one—working without foresight or purpose. In an eloquent, uniquely persuasive account of the theory of natural selection, diversity, Dawkins illustrates how simple organisms slowly change over time to create a world of enormous complexity, and beauty.
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene Oxford Landmark ScienceOUP Oxford - The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, the extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection; but it did much more besides. This notion of the extended phenotype has proved to be highly influential in the way we understand evolution and the natural world.
But dawkins' clear exposition is accessible to all who are prepared to put in a little effort. Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think. It represents a key scientific contribution to evolutionary biology, and it continues to play an important role in research in the life sciences.
The extended phenotype is a conceptually deep book that forms important reading for biologists and students. In it, dawkins extended the gene's eye view to argue that the genes that sit within an organism have aninfluence that reaches out beyond the visible traits in that body - the phenotype - to the wider environment, which can include other individuals.
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene Oxford Landmark Science - Hamilton and others. So, the genes of the beaver drive it to gather twigs to produce the substantial physical structure of a dam; and the genes of the cuckoo chick produce effects thatmanipulate the behaviour of the host bird, for instance, making it nurture the intruder as one of its own. In the selfish gene, richard Dawkins crystallized the gene's eye view of evolution developed by W.
Origins: Cosmos, Earth, and MankindHelios Press - Proactive, origins offers compelling insights into how the universe, informative, life on Earth, and free of technical or scientific jargon, and the human species began. Beginning with the big bang roughly fifteen billion years ago, and living creatures, organisms, molecules, the development of cells, from the first particles to atoms, the authors trace the evolution of the cosmos, up to the arrival of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens.
A compelling scientific exploration of the birth of the universe, the building blocks of life, and the possibilities for the future of mankind. But science has reached a point where it, too, can contribute to the conversation. Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and philosophy. What are we? where do we come from? where are we going? in this probing book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—discuss some of the fundamnetal questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages and offer enlightening answers in terms the layperson can understand.
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really TrueFree Press - Richard dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, or woman? starting with the magical, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences.
Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.
The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition Oxford Landmark ScienceOUP Oxford - This imaginative, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biologycommunity, powerful, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Professor dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication.
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.
The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition Oxford Landmark Science - This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
Einstein's Genius Club: The True Story of a Group of Scientists Who Changed the WorldArcade - His guests were the legendary philosopher and pacifist, Wolfgang Pauli; and the brilliant logician, Bertrand Russell; the boy wonder of quantum physics, Kurt Gödel. As world war ii wound down and it became increasingly clear that the allies would emerge victorious, New Jersey, Albert Einstein invited three close friends—all titans of contemporary science and philosophy—to his home at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, to discuss what they loved best—science and philosophy.
Masterfully researched, this book accessibly illuminates the feelings of these notable men about the world of science that was then beginning to pass them by, and about the dawning atomic age that terrified them all. Their casual meetings took place far from the horrific battlefields of the war and the then secret lair of experimental atomic physicists in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Einstein's Genius Club: The True Story of a Group of Scientists Who Changed the World - Using these historic meetings as his launching pad, innately self-confident but frustrated in his attempt to come up with a unified theory, Feldman sketches the lives and contributions of the four friends, colleagues, and rivals—especially Einstein, and the aristocratic but self-doubting Lord Russell.
Climbing Mount ImprobableW. W. Norton & Company - Evocative illustrations accompany dawkins's eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the teeming populations of figs, the intricate silken world of spiders, and the evolution of wings on the bodies of flightless animals. How could such an intricate object have come about by chance? Tackling this subject—in writing that the New York Times called "a masterpiece"—Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on earth.
The metaphor of mount improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly "designed" complexity of living things. And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time.
Climbing Mount Improbable - Climbing mount improbable is a book of great impact and skill, written by the most prominent Darwinian of our age. A brilliant book celebrating improbability as the engine that drives life, by the acclaimed author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely, one might believe, its current shape and function must be the product of design.
Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain's passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time.
The God DelusionMariner Books - The god delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. With rigor and wit, dawkins examines god in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign but still illogical Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers.
. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence.
The God Delusion - He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. A preeminent scientist—and the world's most prominent atheist—asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for WonderMariner Books - With the wit, insight, dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, and spellbinding prose that have made him a bestselling author, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder. A love letter to science, an attempt to counter the perception that science is cold and devoid of aesthetic sensibility .
. . Mysteries don’t lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mysteries. This is the book richard dawkins was meant to write: a brilliant assessment of what science is and isn’t, a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder - From the new york times–bestselling author of Science in the Soul. If any recent writing about science is poetic, it is this” The Wall Street Journal. Rich with metaphor, wry humor, and unexpected connections, passionate arguments, colorful examples, Dawkins’ prose can be mesmerizing. San francisco chronicle “Brilliance and wit.
The new Yorker. Did newton “unweave the rainbow” by reducing it to its prismatic colors, diminish beauty? Far from it, as Keats contended? Did he, in other words, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton’s unweaving is the key too much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology.