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miercuri, 11 noiembrie 2009

Richard Dawkins Book Collection


Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken atheist. He has established himself as a biological guru with the publication of books detailing and expanding upon Darwinian theory. Wired Magazine says this "Revolutionary Evolutionist" is the first true ethologist of the gene.

Richard Dawkins has been concerned to convince the literate public that they must now take evolutionary theory seriously as the context within which to think about ourselves and the world and he strives to bring his theories to an audience of lay readers through comprehensible analogies and clear writing.The Wall Street Journal said his "passion is supported by an awe-inspiring literary craftsmanship.

" The New York Times Book Review has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too." Among his books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain,The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.

Biographical resource about the author

The Official Richard Dawkins Website

  1. The Selfish Gene
  2. The Extended Phenotype
  3. The Blind Watchmaker
  4. Unweaving the Rainbow
  5. A Devil"s Chaplain
  6. The Ancestor"s Tale
  7. The God Delusion
  8. How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think
  9. The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing


The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition - Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene. Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel"s work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that "our" genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven"t thought of evolution in the same way since.



"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.



The Blind Watchmaker - The title of this 1986 work, Dawkins"s second book, refers to the Rev. William Paley"s 1802 work, Natural Theology, which argued that just as finding a watch would lead you to conclude that a watchmaker must exist, the complexity of living organisms proves that a Creator exists. Not so, says Dawkins: "All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way... it is the blind watchmaker."



Unweaving the Rainbow - Why do poets and artists so often disparage science in their work? For that matter, why does so much scientific literature compare poorly with, say, the phone book? After struggling with questions like these for years, biologist Richard Dawkins has taken a wide-ranging view of the subjects of meaning and beauty in Unweaving the Rainbow, a deeply humanistic examination of science, mysticism, and human nature.



A Devil"s Chaplain - Richard Dawkins has an opinion on everything biological, it seems, and in A Devil"s Chaplain, everything is biological. Dawkins weighs in on topics as diverse as ape rights, jury trials, religion, and education, all examined through the lens of natural selection and evolution. Although many of these essays have been published elsewhere, this book is something of a greatest-hits compilation, reprinting many of Dawkins" most famous recent compositions.



The Ancestor"s Tale - Just as we trace our personal family trees from parents to grandparents and so on back in time, so in The Ancestor"s Tale Richard Dawkins traces the ancestry of life. As he is at pains to point out, this is very much our human tale, our ancestry. Surprisingly, it is one that many otherwise literate people are largely unaware of. Hopefully Dawkins"s name and well deserved reputation as a best selling writer will introduce them to this wonderful saga.



The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins, in The God Delusion, tells of his exasperation with colleagues who try to play both sides of the street: looking to science for justification of their religious convictions while evading the most difficult implications—the existence of a prime mover sophisticated enough to create and run the universe, "to say nothing of mind reading millions of humans simultaneously."



How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think - His sparkling collection explores the impact of Richard Dawkins as scientist, rationalist, and one of the most important thinkers alive today. Specially commissioned pieces by leading figures in science, philosophy, literature, and the media, such as Daniel C. Dennett, Matt Ridley, Steven Pinker, Philip Pullman, and the Bishop of Oxford, highlight the breadth and range of Dawkins" influence on modern science and culture, from the gene"s eye view of evolution to his energetic engagement in public debates on science, rationalism, and religion. The volume includes personal reminiscences and critical debate as well as accessible discussions of science - it provides a stimulating tribute to a remarkable intellectual.



The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing - Boasting almost one hundred pieces, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a breathtaking celebration of the finest writing by scientists--the best such collection in print--packed with scintillating essays on everything from "the discovery of Lucy" to "the terror and vastness of theuniverse."

Edited by best-selling author and renowned scientist Richard Dawkins, this sterling collection brings together exhilarating pieces by a who"s who of scientists and science writers, including Stephen Pinker, Stephen Jay Gould, Martin Gardner, Albert Einstein, Julian Huxley, and many dozens more.

Readers will find excerpts from bestsellers such as Douglas R. Hofstadter"s Godel, Escher, Bach, Francis Crick"s Life Itself, Loren Eiseley"s The Immense Journey, Daniel Dennett"s Darwin"s Dangerous Idea, and Rachel Carson"s The Sea Around Us.

There are classic essays ranging from J.B.S. Haldane"s"On Being the Right Size" and Garrett Hardin"s "The Tragedy of the Commons" to Alan Turing"s "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" and Albert Einstein"s famed New York Times article on "Relativity."

And readers will also discover lesser-known but engaging pieces such as Lewis Thomas"s "SevenWonders of Science," J. Robert Oppenheimer on "War and Physicists," and Freeman Dyson"s memoir of studying under Hans Bethe. A must-read volume for all science buffs, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a rich and vibrant anthology that captures the poetry and excitement of scientific thought and discovery.


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