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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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By (author) Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science Richard Dawkins

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 472 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 34mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 24 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416594795
  • ISBN 13: 9781416594796
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, graphs, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 41,174

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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.

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By Andrew H. 05 Mar 2011 5

Dawkins provides an excellent book to educate anyone on the finer points of evolution, whether you believe it or not!

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"To call this book a defense of evolution utterly misses the point: "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a celebration of one of the best ideas humans have ever produced. It is hard not to marvel at Richard Dawkins's luminous telling of the story of evolution and the way that it has shaped our world. In reading Dawkins, one is left awed at the beauty of the theory and humbled by the power of science to understand some of the greatest mysteries of life." -- Neil Shubin, author of "Your Inner Fish"