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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

by Richard Dawkins

Free Press | August 24, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.
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 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416594795

ISBN - 13: 9781416594796

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well compiled, but falls short from an academic analysis I think the text does exactly what it ought to: open the curious-average-joe's mind to possibilities, but if you have had descent prior exposure to the concepts perhaps you would want to consider some of the other texts in this subject to challenge your mind. However, being a big fan of Dawkin's style, I couldn't put the book down even though it wasn't the first text I was reading from him.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is incredible! Disproving intelligent design with pure fact. It should be made manditory in all schools and all "thiests" need to read for a much needed wake up call!
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and Interesting Richard Dawkins writes another excellent book. Dawkins begins the book by giving a short background on his writing career and explains how he has always written with the assumption that evolution is factual but hadn't gotten around to laying out the facts for evolution. For this reason he has written this book. In Comparison to his other books, this one is not attacking elements of faith like he has in the past. This book is purely based on laying out facts pointing towards evolution. Dawkins recites the mountains of evidence supporting evolution citing specific example in regards to fossils, development, cross-species similarities and of course his forte genetics. What Dawkins does in this book is recite the mountains of evidence that support evolution. I found it interesting that in this book Dawkins does not specifically attack alternating theories like Intelligent Design he merely lays out the facts to allow people to make there own judgments. I believe that for this reason those of faith can still read this and not feel offended. Overall a very informative read for biologists and the like!
Date published: 2010-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Book on Earth I found this book to be an amazing read, it was actually a book that I didn't want to put down. I hear this saying alot: Not wanting to put the book down, but I really thought it was hard to put it down. Usually when two authors write about the same subject they seem to want to compete against each other. But Richard Dawkins seemed to really enjoy Charles Darwin, it's as if Charles Darwin was his role modle. The topics in which he wrote about were really educational and facinating, I suggest skimming through the third chapter because it was my favourite. This book seems to be one in which you can jump from place to place. In conclusion this is a great book that anybodycould read. It was a moderate read.
Date published: 2010-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Another great book from Richard Dawkins. His knowledge of biology and its evolutionary journey is amazing, and he has the skill to put it in laymans language. It is unfortunate that he will probably mainly be "preaching" to the converted, since his reputation is now so well known.. I rate it as a must read.
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Spelling it Out" Richard Dawkins spells out the arguments for evolution driven by natural selection - one well chosen word after another. His opening paragraph equates the denial of evolution in the face of massive evidence from many branches of science to a putative denial of the existence of the Roman Empire, despite the evidence of architecture, engineering and the Latin base underlying many of Europe's langauges. Then he trots out one astonishing example after another of evolution's fingerprints on us and other life. Just when you think that he cannot continue to pull such vivid examples out of his "conjuror's hat", he surprises you with yet another. Almost everything in our society owes its existence to scientific endeavour. Whether discussing literature, history or economics, our thought processes are increasingly scientific. To deny the importance of science flies in the face of our attraction to an ever more technological lifestyle. Dawkins gives us an example of scientific writing at its eloquent best .
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Here's the evidence for Evolution all in one place This book, unlike the God Delusion, his last book, focuses exclusively on Dawkins's passion, evolution. There are no tirades here against religion although his does make his beliefs clear on this subject. Dawkins covers all aspects of evolutionary questions, such as the evidence for the age of the Earth, the fossil record, modern demonstrations of evolution, molecular genetics, embryology as well an several aspects of unintelligent design in human as well as other animals. With the sheer weight of the evidence and the clear and rationale manner in which it is presented, it is hard to understand how anyone can cling to the flat-earth idea that evolution is a myth. However, as Dawkins points out, 44% of Americans don't believe in evolution. It is unfortunate that these are the people who are most likely to take them time to open this book. The world would be a more rationale place.
Date published: 2009-10-11

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416594795

ISBN - 13: 9781416594796

About the Book

In a brilliant follow-up to his blockbuster "The God Delusion," Dawkins laysout the evidence for evolution.

Read from the Book

The Greatest Show on Earth

CHAPTER 1

ONLY A THEORY?

From the Publisher

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 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.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His newest book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence.

Editorial Reviews

"Dawkins gathers up the weight of evidence into a huge lump and hurls it at us from the highest heights his rhetoric can scale...his grandness of vision still dazzles." -- The Sunday Telegraph
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