The Selfish Gene (30th Anniversary Edition)

The Selfish Gene (30th Anniversary Edition)

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by Richard Dawkins
     
 

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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic…  See more details below

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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.

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In 1976, a little-known biologist named Richard Dawkins published a book called The Selfish Gene, which presented a stark (some said merciless) version of evolutionary theory. Dawkins's pithy writing style and mastery of telling detail combined to make the book one of the popular and controversial books on evolution ever written. This 30th anniversary version contains a new introduction and the two chapters that Dawkins added to the second edition.

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ISBN-13:
9780191574061
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
03/16/2006
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford.

His bestselling books include The Extended Phenotype (1982) and its sequel The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), A Devil's Chaplain (2004) and The Ancestor's Tale (2004).

He has won many literary and scientific awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize for Human Science, and the 1997 International Cosmos Prize.

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The Selfish Gene 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It can get complicatedat times, and fairly technical. But stick with it.the insights offered are incredible. This reqlly os alandmark, must-read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deep ideas. Provoking!
loraxFL More than 1 year ago
Want a fresh look at evolution from different angle? View it from the point of view of a selfish gene. Simple but powerful explanations and analogies. We discussed this book in a book club and it stimulated some lively discussion, especially about the "selfish" part. Where does altruism come from? Selfishness?? Caveats: This is book written for those already interested in evolution or at least have open minds. Some of the science is already obsolete. Author calls aleles, genes. It was written 30 years. Not to be read for technical accuracy.
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