Blind Watchmaker

Paperback | April 25, 2006

byRichard Dawkins

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***30th Anniversary Edition*** Cover note: Each copy of the anniversary edition of The Blind Watchmaker features a unique biomorph. No two covers are exactly alike. 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?

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***30th Anniversary Edition*** Cover note: Each copy of the anniversary edition of The Blind Watchmaker features a unique biomorph. No two covers are exactly alike. 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 mo...

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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, automa...

In 1995 Richard Dawkins became the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the bestselling author of THE SELFISH GENE, CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE (Penguin, 1996) and UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW (Penguin, 1998).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.75 × 5.15 × 1.15 inPublished:April 25, 2006Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141026162

ISBN - 13:9780141026169

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL." Must read for anyone interested in biology & evolution, or are simply just interested in the origins of life on earth! I am just about finished this book and found it a completely fascinating read! Dawkins unique way of painting a picture in the readers mind is second to none. His use of analogy to explain time scales and the perception of probability in a human lifetime, and the inaccuracy of what we naturally "assume" to be "common sense" or "probable" is clear and easy to understand. He demonstrates how in actuality, our idea of "probable" is skewed and relative to our own human experience. The grand scale of geological time is difficult (or sometimes impossible) for us to comprehend. Dawkins really puts this in perspective by comparing our average 80-year life span, to say that of a hypothetical "alien" that lives one million years. He illustrates those events that are terribly unlikely to happen once in 80 years, may be more likely to happen once in a million years, and given an infinite amount of time, will of course be inevitable. Of course, our alien friends idea of what is “likely” will be completely different from our own. With these points, among others, he drives home why many people "believe" theory's like Abiogenesis & Natural Selection to be so "Improbable" or "hard to believe", but in reality once considering the vast scale of geological time, one can see these things are not only NOT improbable, but they become highly likely, if not inevitable!!
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Dawkins defends Darwinism and evolution in a way that is accessible to those not familiar with the theory, but also interesting to those of a scientific background. His passion for the subject shines through with every chapter, and his examples are carefully chosen to be awe-inspiring as well as thought-provoking. If you like this book be sure to also read 'Climbing Mount Improbable'!
Date published: 2008-02-04