366 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 in
May 26, 1999
Oxford University Press
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.
'An entertaining look at evolution for the general reader.'
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.