- Series: Oxford Landmark Science
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (August 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198788606
- ISBN-13: 978-0198788607
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.4 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dawkins first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit...Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology-some of it truly subtle-in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)" --New York Review of Books
"This important book could hardly be more exciting." --The Economist
"The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius." --New York Times
"Who should read this book? Everyone interested in the universe and their place in it." --Jeffrey R. Baylis, Animal Behaviour
"This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution."--W. D. Hamilton, Science
"The presentations are remarkable for their clarity and simplicity, intelligible to any schoolchild, yet so little condescending as to be a pleasure to the professional." --American Scientist
About the Author
Richard Dawkins, Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford, is one of the most influential science writers and communicators of our generation. He was the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he held from 1995 until 2008, and is Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford. His bestselling books include The Extended Phenotype (1982) and its sequel The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), A Devil's Chaplain (2004), The Ancestor's Tale (2004), and The God Delusion (2007). He has won many literary and scientific awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize for Human Science, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize, and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest in 2009.
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Top Customer Reviews
Having heard professor Dawkins in Philadelphia it made the read even more enjoyable. People desperately need to combat the rampant anti-intellectual sentiment that is growing ever popular,and this book is a vehicle to do just that.
This book isn't technical, but it is not the easiest read. I had to stop and digest a few times, but my prior knowledge was weak. That being said I am buying "The Extended Phenotype" at once. I will own all his works before it's over.
This deserves a place in every home beside "A brief History of Time"
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