The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

Paperback | May 26, 1999

byRichard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett

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By the best selling author of The Selfish Gene 'This entertaining and thought-provoking book is an excellent illustration of why the study of evolution is in such an exciting ferment these days.' Science 'The Extended Phenotype is a sequel to The Selfish Gene . . . he writes so clearly it could be understood by anyone prepared to make the effort' John Maynard Smith, London Review of Books 'Dawkins is quite incapable of being boring this characteristically brilliant and stimulating book is original and provocative throughout, and immensely enjoyable.' G. A. Parker, Heredity 'The extended phenotype is certainly a big idea and it is pressed hard in dramatic language.' Sydney Brenner, Nature 'Richard Dawkins, our most radical Darwinian thinker, is also our best science writer.' Douglas Adams 'Dawkins is a superb communicator. His books are some of the best books ever written on science.' Megan Tressider, Guardian 'Dawkins is a genius of science popularization.' Mark Ridley, The Times

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As is typical with this author’s brilliant and energetic style, the theory of evolution comes across in a way that makes it exciting and stimulating. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable take on the principles of science. Reading this book makes you wish Richard Dawkins taught science class when you were in grade school!

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By the best selling author of The Selfish Gene 'This entertaining and thought-provoking book is an excellent illustration of why the study of evolution is in such an exciting ferment these days.' Science 'The Extended Phenotype is a sequel to The Selfish Gene . . . he writes so clearly it could be understood by anyone prepared ...

Richard Dawkins is the first holder of Oxford's newly endowed Charles Simonyi Professorship of Public Understanding of Science. Born in Nairobi of British parents, Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford and did his doctorate under the Nobel-prizewinning ethologist Niko Tinbergen. From 196769 he was an Assistant Professor at the Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.75 inPublished:May 26, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192880519

ISBN - 13:9780192880512

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult read but totally worth it My background is not biology, but after reading 'The Selfish Gene' this was my next biology-related read. Not as friendly to those without a science or biological foundation, however this did force me to do my own searches to understand technical terms and phrases. If you liked 'The Selfish Gene' and wanted more biology, this is the book for you!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! A scientist who can write in an easy to read way for the public!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really challenging read!! Really challenging read! I'm not gonna lie, I had to Google search many different terms he uses, as well look-up the various concepts & studies he refers to through out the book! With out Wikipedia & you tube, I may not have finished, but glad I did! Dawkins does preface the book stating the intended audience was his scientific peers... but kindly included a glossary in the back for the lay-person, I definitely used it a lot! A great read for anyone interested evolution & biology! An almost philosophical view of how the concept of the phenotype can be extended to consider how genes can not only express themselves in the bodies of the organism they reside in, but also influence other organisms and the environment.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another captivating work from Dawkins I have not really heard this view of topic in Biology texts and lectures so far. Although it is somewhat implied by existing literature, but it is great to see Dawkins pull it all together in this work. I highly recommend this book and many others of his.
Date published: 2013-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A necessary read Students of all sciences would benefit from reading this excellent text. It is a viewpoint of natural selection and adaptation that is difficult to disagree with. One's understading of adaptationist science may be confirmed, but surely enhanced, by a thought provoking read of The Extended Phenotype.
Date published: 2002-05-28

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Table of Contents

1. Necker Cubes and Buffaloes; 2. Genetic Determinism and Gene Selectionism; 3. Constraints on Perfection; 4. Arms Races and Manipulation; 5. The Active Germ-Line Replicator; 6. Organisms, Groups and Memes: Replicators or Vehicles?; 7. Selfish Wasp or Selfish Strategy?; 8. Outlaws and Modifiers; 9.Selfish DNA, Jumping Genes, and a Lamarckian Scare; 10. An Agony in Five Fits; 11. The Genetic Evolution of Animal Artefacts; 12. Host Phenotypes of Parasite Genes; 13. Action at a Distance; 14. Rediscovering the Organism; References; Afterword by Daniel Dennett; Glossary; Author Index; SubjectIndex.

From Our Editors

As is typical with this author’s brilliant and energetic style, the theory of evolution comes across in a way that makes it exciting and stimulating. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable take on the principles of science. Reading this book makes you wish Richard Dawkins taught science class when you were in grade school!