River Out of Eden
40%
off

River Out of Eden : A Darwinian View of Life

3.97 (6,163 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

The No.1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller. A fascinating explanation of how evolution works, from bestselling author of THE GOD DELUSION, Richard Dawkins.

The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and onwards. Dawkins explains that DNA must be thought of as the most sophisticated information system imaginable: 'Life is just bytes and bytes of information,' he writes. Using this perspective, he describes the mechanisms by which evolution has taken place, gradually but inexorably, over a period of three thousand million years. It is the story of how evolution happens, rather than a narrative of what has actually happened in evolution. He discusses current views on the process of human evolution, including the idea that we all trace back to a comparatively recent African 'Eve', and speculates that the 'information explosion' that was unleashed on Earth when DNA came into being has almost certainly happened in other places in the universe.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 22mm | 216g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780226896
  • 9781780226897
  • 4,820

Review quote

He writes with clarity, grace and intense intellectual excitement, making RIVER OUT OF EDEN a model of simplicity and power

Dawkins has an enviable gift. He can write books that are fun to read, yet which present fundamental ideas clearly - INDEPENDENT

Dawkins is a brilliant communicator, he demonstrates most convincingly that nature is neither evil nor good, but blindly and pitilessly indifferent - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
show more

About Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist renowned throughout the world. He was educated at Oxford and taught zoology before becoming the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, in 1995. His previous books rank among the most influential intellectual works of our time. They include THE SELFISH GENE (1976), RIVER OUT OF EDEN (1995), and UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW (1999).
show more

Rating details

6,163 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 34% (2,073)
4 38% (2,328)
3 22% (1,384)
2 4% (268)
1 2% (110)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X