The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

by Richard Dawkins

Free Press | August 24, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416594795

ISBN - 13: 9781416594796

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well compiled, but falls short from an academic analysis I think the text does exactly what it ought to: open the curious-average-joe's mind to possibilities, but if you have had descent prior exposure to the concepts perhaps you would want to consider some of the other texts in this subject to challenge your mind. However, being a big fan of Dawkin's style, I couldn't put the book down even though it wasn't the first text I was reading from him.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is incredible! Disproving intelligent design with pure fact. It should be made manditory in all schools and all "thiests" need to read for a much needed wake up call!
Date published: 2012-04-07

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

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.

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The Greatest Show on Earth

CHAPTER 1

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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 Telegraph