Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 496 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.18 in
Published: August 24, 2010
Publisher: Free Press
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
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 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.
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.
"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