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The Greatest Show on Earth

The Evidence for Evolution

By Richard Dawkins

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Other Information: 32-pages colour picture sections, plus 100 B&Wur picture sections, plus B&W line drawings line drawings, graphs and charts throughout text
Published In: United Kingdom, 29 April 2010
Charles Darwin s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In The Greatest Show On Earth Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of Intelligent Design and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case- from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the time clocks of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution. The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time- systematic opp

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Britain's greatest science writer comprehensively rebuts the creationists by pulling together the incontrovertible evidence for evolution

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is the renowned academic responsible for such works as The Selfish Gene through to the phenomenal The God Delusion. Recently, he presented The Genius of Charles Darwin, a three-part television series examining the legacy of the great scientist and some of the issues covered in this timely book.


"Richard Dawkins is so much more than just the world's most famous atheist, this smart and engaging "evidence for evolution" is required reading for those who want a grounding in the facts. It's as fascinating as it is challenging" * Independent * "In the bicentennial year of Darwin's birth Mr Dawkins fills a gap in his oeuvre by setting out the evidence that the "theory" of evolution is a fact... And what a lot of evidence there is" * The Economist * "With characteristic flair and passion, Dawkins has put on a stunning exhibition of the evidence for evolution. In his own words, 'Evolution is a fact... and no unbiased reader will close the book doubting it'" -- Dr Alice Roberts, Biological anthropologist, author & broadcaster "Richard Dawkins writes about evolution science with unflagging enthusiasm, wit and lucidity. This book is a wonderful addition to his already distinguished ouevre" -- Brian Eno "Dawkins's writing demonstrates once again his consummate skill as an explainer... the topics are all laid out with that combination of clarity and verve that is [his] hallmark" * Guardian *

EAN: 9780552775243
ISBN: 055277524X
Publisher: Black Swan
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 3 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Michael on
Disregard the previous reviewer, because clearly he's been reading the wrong book. Dawkins arguments are well-reasoned, well-supported, and thoroughly convincing. Better still, unlike some of his other books it's not focussed on deconstructing religious belief. It touches upon the subject, and the author's disdain for it is infamous, but the book itself mostly avoids it because evolutionary theory itself has nothing to say on the existence of the supernatural, and anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong. Dawkins presents a massive amount of evidence, thoroughly explaining it in terms a layman can understand, and responds to the most common counter-arguments. He does so with a wit and humour that make reading it a pleasure instead of a chore, although its length can be a little daunting. It also includes some stunning images that demonstrate the ideas he presents. Whether you agree or disagree with the author's own beliefs, this book is a powerful argument for evolutionary theory and a rebuttal to all attempts at giving credibility to Creation "Science" or Intelligent Design. Keep science in the classrooms and religion in the churches.
Ken on
A very interesting and informative book written by some one who knows his sujeck. Highly recommended
jessika on
Amazing book. An Erudite author who writes wonderfully and has opened my eyes wider
Rebekah on
Spends more time ridiculing those who disagree with his beliefs than he does actually providing evidence for his own arguments, which makes it hard to accept his presuppositions.

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