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The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

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By (author) Richard Dawkins

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199291152
  • ISBN 13: 9780199291151
  • Edition: 30, Special edition
  • Edition statement: 30th Anniversary edition
  • Sales rank: 397

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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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Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, Fellow of New College, Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 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, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005.

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Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.) H. Allen Orr, New York Review of Books The Selfish Gene is a classic. Robin McKie, The Observer A genuine cultural landmark of our time. The Independent Review from previous edition The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius. New York Times

Table of contents

Introduction to 3rd edn ; Preface to 1989 2nd edn ; Foreword to 1976 1st edn ; Preface to 1976 1st edn ; 1. Why are people? ; 2. The replicators ; 3. Immortal coils ; 4. The gene machine ; 5. Aggression: 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 ; Reviews from earlier editions ; Updated bibliography ; Index and key to bibliography