The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Black Swan, 2010 - Science - 470 pages
"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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I liked this book well enough but it was a bit of a disappointment. Let me clarify: I was hoping for something a bit more in depth in terms of the actual process of evolution. To be fair I do have a ... Read full review

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Dawkins presents the very compelling evidence for evolution and its existence in this book, from biogeography to the shared language of DNA among all living organisms. Fossils are a nice bonus. This ... Read full review

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Richard Dawkinsis the renowned academic responsible for such works as The Selfish Genethrough 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.

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