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Richard Dawkins

Full Name: Richard Dawkins
Gender: Male
Hometown: Nairobi
Born: 1941-03-26
Number of Works: 52
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ISBN: 0618680004, 9780618680009
Keywords: delusion, god
Pages: 406
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 80%

Evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins is not an atheist who sits quietly in the pews. The scientist Discover dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler" refuses to regard religion as mere harmless nonsense; he views it instead as one of humanity's most pernicious creations. In The God Delusion he attacks arguments for the existence of God; accuses religions of fomenting divisiveness, war, and bigotry; and castigates believers in intelligent design.
ISBN: 0199291152, 9780199291151
Keywords: gene, selfish
Pages: 360
Published: 1976
  • Rating: 80%

The Selfish Gene is remarkable in several ways. First published in 1976, aimed at a general audience and written by a then little-known young lecturer in zoology at Oxford University, The Selfish Gene rapidly became highly influential. The important biological work of such figures as W. D. Hamilton and Robert Trivers was introduced to a wider public for the first time. But that was not all. Drawing together the threads of contemporary research in Neo-Darwinism into a powerful vision of the living world viewed through the eyes of genes as the units of selection, it was a significant contributio
ISBN: 059306173X, 9780593061732
Keywords: evolution, evidence, earth, show, greatest
Pages: 470
Published: 2009
  • Rating: 80%

Charles Darwin’s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of ‘Intelligent Design’ and all those who question the
ISBN: 0141026162, 9780141026169
Keywords: watchmaker, blind
Pages: 368
Published: 1986
  • Rating: 80%

Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?
ISBN: 061861916X, 9780618619160
Keywords: evolution, dawn, pilgrimage, tale, ancestor
Pages: 688
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%

"The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own views. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dawkins's Tale takes us modern humans back through four billion years of life on our planet. As the pilgrimage progresses, we join with other organisms at the forty "rendezvous points" where we find a common ancestor. The band of pilgrims swells into a vast crowd as we join first with other primates, then with other mammals, and so o
ISBN: 0618056734, 9780618056736
Keywords: appetite, wonder, delusion, science, rainbow, unweaving
Pages: 352
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

Did Newton "unweave the rainbow" by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended? Did he, in other words, diminish beauty? Far from it, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology. Mysteries don't lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mysteries. With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made him a best-selling author, Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topic
ISBN: 0141026170, 9780141026176
Keywords: improbable, mount, climbing
Pages: 320
Published: 1996
  • Rating: 80%

Few scientific theories have been as influential or controversial in the past few centuries as Darwin's thoughts on natural selection; even now, laymen and scientists find fault with Darwin's argument. Richard Dawkins, the chair of the communication of science at Oxford University, has delivered a well-researched book supporting and supplementing Darwin's theories. Although not a work of Darwinian proportions, Climbing Mount Improbable is an advancement of those theories for scientists and general readers alike.
ISBN: 0618485392, 9780618485390
Keywords: science, love, lies, hope, chaplain, reflections, devil
Pages: 272
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

One of the most renowned evolutionary biologists at work today. Richard Dawkins has written passionately for years on subjects that matter deeply to him - and matter urgently to all of us. A Devil's Chaplain brings together the best and most provocative of his essays, on subjects ranging from evolution to ethics, from travel to literature, from education to religion. The result is an intriguing portrait of one of the finest minds in science.With eloquence and vigor, these essays put forward Dawkin's most fundamental axiom: seek truth. He speaks out against pseudoscience and deftly dissects rel
ISBN: 0465069908, 9780465069903
Keywords: life, view, darwinian, eden, river
Pages: 172
Published: 1987
  • Rating: 80%

How did the replication bomb we call ”life” begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as ”the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius”), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery.
ISBN: 0192880519, 9780192880512
Keywords: gene, phenotype, extended
Pages: 336
Published: 1982
  • Rating: 80%

People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals—known as “survival of the fittest”—with the individual representing the “unit of selection.” Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype, now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his highly-acclaimed The Selfish Gene. He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms. We can then view changes in phenotypes—the end products of genes, like eye color or leaf shape, which