The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

Richard Dawkins
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  • ISBN
    9781416594789 / 1416594787
  • Title The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
  • Author Richard Dawkins
  • Category Evolution
    Biodiversity
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2009
  • Pages 470
  • Publisher
    Free Press
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 167mm x 36mm x 238mm

Annotation

In a brilliant follow-up to his blockbuster “The God Delusion,” world-renowned evolutionary biologist and author Dawkins lays out the evidence for evolution.

Publisher Description

Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, “The God Delusion, ”which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller “The Selfish Gene.” Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of “Intelligent Design” in his latest “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. There is no controversy. 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.” 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.

Author Biography

RICHARD DAWKINS, is an evolutionary biologist, best selling author and outspoken atheist. He has established himself as a guru of evolution with the publication of books detailing and expanding upon Darwinian theory. Until his retirement this year, he was the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University. He is the author most recently of“The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.” His other books include “The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River out of Eden ”(ScienceMasters Series), " Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweav

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