The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition

by Richard Dawkins

Oxford University Press | April 15, 2006 | Trade Paperback

The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene''s eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.82 in

Published: April 15, 2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0199291152

ISBN - 13: 9780199291151

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow These ideas are probably the most interesting concepts within modern Biology. I would think the ideas presented in this book complete Darwin's theory of natural selection and serve as the foundations of life and evolution. Dawkins has a done an absolutely great job presenting everything in a format that can be understood by anyone with a bit of background in Biology. Even if no previous exposures, with some research the main concepts can be understood. I highly recommend this book
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Science Book Well written and easy to understand, even for those without any background in science. This might be a cool book for a business person to read just for the parallel themes and to understand patterns and the process of evolution. Surely, these themes can inspire and enlighten those in business, social research, design or other creative fields. The most revolutionary part of the book is the concept of memes. Dawkins speculates that besides our genes, our ideas (gene+memory) can be replicated – explanation for altruism? What would Jung say?
Date published: 2003-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ! Undeniably brilliant, Dawkins writes with a creative flare that reads like a novel that you can't put down. This is a absorbing, thought-provoking, and easy to read book.
Date published: 2000-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We are all selfish! Richard Dawkins view of life and evolution can be a little disheartening for those of us who think that life has a purpose. Dawkins puts forth the notion that our bodies are merely vessels designed to carry our genes down through time. The only reason a chicken exists is to create more chicken DNA. We are all selfish creatures and there is no such thing as an unselfish act. This book is written with a witty sense of humour and although the topic it covers is complex, it is written in very easy to understand language. Although over 25 years old, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in evolution and psychology.
Date published: 2000-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chapters challenged This is the book that explains how evolution works, and to some extent why it works this way. Many resist learning about Darwin's theory [although they're likely to have an opinion on it] because they don't understand what it's all about. That's unfortunate since it applies to all living things. Dawkins addresses those people directly and does it in a way none will find obscure. He has written this book for you! It's significant that he holds the world's only academic position for Public Understanding of Science. Reading this book will justify that title in your mind. It's much more than just interesting, it's vital.
Date published: 2000-03-07

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The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.82 in

Published: April 15, 2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0199291152

ISBN - 13: 9780199291151

About the Book

In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. This anniversary edition retains all original material, including the two enlightening chapters in the second edition, and a new Introduction by Dawkins.

Table of Contents

Introduction to 3rd edn Preface to 1989 2nd edn Foreword to 1976 1st edn Preface to 1976 1st edn 1. Why are people? 2. The replicators 3. Immortal coils 4. The gene machine 5. Aggression: stability and the selfish machine 6. Genesmanship 7. Family planning 8. Battle of the generations 9. Battle of the sexes 10. You scratch my back, I''ll ride on yours 11. Memes: the new replicators 12. Nice guys finish first 13. The long reach of the gene Endnotes Reviews from earlier editions Updated bibliography Index and key to bibliography

From the Publisher

The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene''s eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, Fellow of New College, Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His bestselling books include iThe Extended Phenotype/i (1982) and its sequel iThe Blind Watchmaker/i (1986), iRiver Out of Eden/i (1995), iClimbing Mount Improbable/i (1996), iUnweaving the Rainbow/i (1998), iA Devil''s Chaplain/i (2004) and iThe Ancestor''s Tale/i (2004). 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 Shakespeare Prize in 2005.

Editorial Reviews

''Scientists give every appearance of being addicts, and science is their vice. That is one reason why progress in science is so rapid. I for one have benefited a great deal from Dawkins''s addiction.'' David L. Hull, Nature
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