The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced... show more
Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands of readers to rethink their beliefs about life. In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk. This 30th anniversary edition of Dawkins' fascinating book retains all original material, including the two enlightening chapters added in the second edition. In a new Introduction the author presents his thoughts thirty years after the publication of his first and most famous book, while the inclusion of the two-page original Foreword by brilliant American scientist Robert Trivers shows the enthusiastic reaction of the scientific community at that time. This edition is a celebration of a remarkable exposition of evolutionary thought, a work that has been widely hailed for its stylistic brilliance and deep scientific insights, and that continues to stimulate whole new areas of research today.
Publish date: May 25th 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 360
Edition language: English
The controversial of this book came from philosophers who read books by the title only. If they have really read the book, they wouldn't come the wrong conclusion and asked Richard Dawkins stupid questions during public lecture. Yes. It is about gene. Our gee, without really any actual thought at ...
The Selfish Gene is Richard Dawkins argument for the evolutionary advantage of genes to contain selfish motives which ultimately ensure continuation of the species. He makes several valid and informative points using primarily aviary examples, however I found his argument lacking in the face of pres...
Perhaps the best use of the audiobook medium I've heard for non-fiction, with Dawkins and the narrator switching back and forth to indicate quotes and footnotes. The central motif is the evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS), which Dawkins explains and explores throughout. It reminded me very much of...
Its Hard to Understand or let me say its " Impossible " to understand Evolution and the journey of " surviving machine " as Professor Dawkins used to call it , without Selfish Gene Theory , its no wonder why this book takes a place between top 25 Science books , after Darwin`s Origin Of Species , I ...
I had wondered why my Biology Professor had not pointed to this book as a good reference. I can now see why. Dawkins himself has done an about face on a few of his statements and had to explain or elaborate on a number of others in this updated Anniversary edition. Still, I wish I had read this year...