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The Greatest Show on Earth : The Evidence for Evolution

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 34mm | 499.99g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, graphs, colour plates
  • 1416594795
  • 9781416594796
  • 58,854

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"Up until now, Richard Dawkins has said everything interesting that there is to say about evolution -- with one exception. In "The Greatest Show on Earth", he fills this gap, brilliantly describing the multifarious and massive evidence for evolution -- evidence that gives the lie to the notion that evolution is 'only a theory.' This important and timely book is a must-read for Darwin Year." -- Jerry Coyne, author of "Why Evolution Is True"show more

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Dawkins provides an excellent book to educate anyone on the finer points of evolution, whether you believe it or not!show more
by Andrew H.