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, ...
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 opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.
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Richard is at his best here. I learned a lot. The pictures and graphics are really stunning and add a lot to the text. Great book
Jan 5, 2012
No Longer a Theory
this is a well written statement of all the facts that show evolution is real and not just hypotheisis, Dawkins carefully outlines all the facts that have developed since Darwin in a lucid and humorous style, Highly recommended.
Apr 3, 2011
One of the very best books on evolution
This book covers everything you need for a basic understanding of evolution; it's entertaining, it's solid, it's attractive, it's even well proofread. it dispels all the usual misunderstandings of evolution (missing links, directionality, etc.) and shows why natural selection is one of the solidest facts in science. If you want an introduction to the subject, this is about as good as you can get.
Nov 25, 2010
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An intelligent analysis of evolution and the danger we are in with the right wing wackos, Should be required reading for all college level degree programs.
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