The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins

Oxford University Press | May 26, 1999 | Trade Paperback

The Selfish Gene is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
Science need not be dull and bogged down by jargon, as Richard Dawkins proves in this entertaining look at evolution. The themes he takes up are the concepts of altruistic and selfish behaviour; the genetical definition of selfish interest; the evolution of aggressive behaviour; kinship theory; sex ratio theory; reciprocal altruism; deceit; and the natural selection of sex differences. 'Should be read, can be read by almost anyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.' W.D. Hamilton, Science

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 366 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 in

Published: May 26, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0192860925

ISBN - 13: 9780192860927

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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

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 366 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 in

Published: May 26, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0192860925

ISBN - 13: 9780192860927

Table of Contents

Preface to 1976 edn; Preface to 1989 edn; 1. Why are people?; 2. The replicators; 3. Immortal coils; 4. The gene machine; 5. Agression: 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; Updated bibliography; Index and key to bibliography.

From the Publisher

Science need not be dull and bogged down by jargon, as Richard Dawkins proves in this entertaining look at evolution. The themes he takes up are the concepts of altruistic and selfish behaviour; the genetical definition of selfish interest; the evolution of aggressive behaviour; kinship theory; sex ratio theory; reciprocal altruism; deceit; and the natural selection of sex differences. 'Should be read, can be read by almost anyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.' W.D. Hamilton, Science

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is Reader in Zoology and Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. His books include The Blind Watchmaker and he Extended Phenotype (OPB, 1989).

From Our Editors

This interesting book about the theory of evolution makes for a fresh, accessible approach to science. Richard Dawkins’ clear writing style opens his concepts to anyone, be they evolution theorist or general reading enthusiast. The Selfish Gene teaches us about the motivations for altruistic and selfish behaviour, the evolution of aggressive behaviour, the sex ratio theory and natural selection.

Editorial Reviews

'An entertaining look at evolution for the general reader.' Publishing News

Employee Review

There is no better place to start if you want a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the fascinating world of evolutionary biology than this masterpiece. Dawkins' greatness comes in his ability to present complicated scientific theories with such clarity that even a lowly university English major like myself can understand. The ideas he describes are fascinating, and the book is sure to provide his readers with a new lens with which to view the world -- and all of the many creatures, human and otherwise, that live in it.