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Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands of readers to rethink their beliefs about life.
In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.
This 30th anniversary edition of Dawkins' fascinating book retains all original material, including the two enlightening chapters added in the second edition. In a new Introduction the author presents his thoughts thirty years after the publication of his first and most famous book, while the inclusion of the two-page original Foreword by brilliant American scientist Robert Trivers shows the enthusiastic reaction of the scientific community at that time. This edition is a celebration of a remarkable exposition of evolutionary thought, a work that has been widely hailed for its stylistic brilliance and deep scientific insights, and that continues to stimulate whole new areas of research today.
About the Author
Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford.
His bestselling books include The Extended Phenotype (1982) and its sequel The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), A Devil's Chaplain (2004) and The Ancestor's Tale (2004).
He has won many literary and scientific awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize for Human Science, and the 1997 International Cosmos Prize.
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Comments about The Selfish Gene:
Lots of information that is well articulated, if a little laborious at times.
Comments about The Selfish Gene:
I love the book "The Selfish Gene". It was written very well, has some incredible things in it, but sometimes it's confusing. It can be a little hard to follow at times because it can be complicated. But once you get past that it's fine. Amazing information.
Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.) H. Allen Orr, New York Review of Books The Selfish Gene is a classic. Robin McKie, The Observer A genuine cultural landmark of our time. The Independent Review from previous edition The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius. New York Times
|Introduction to 30th anniversary edition||p. vii|
|Preface to second edition||p. xv|
|Foreword to first edition||p. xix|
|Preface to first edition||p. xxi|
|Why are people?||p. 1|
|The replicators||p. 12|
|Immortal coils||p. 21|
|The gene machine||p. 46|
|Aggression: stability and the selfish machine||p. 66|
|Family planning||p. 109|
|Battle of the generations||p. 123|
|Battle of the sexes||p. 140|
|You scratch my back, I'll ride on yours||p. 166|
|Memes: the new replicators||p. 189|
|Nice guys finish first||p. 202|
|The long reach of the gene||p. 234|
|Updated bibliography||p. 333|
|Index and key to bibliography||p. 345|
|Extracts from reviews||p. 353|
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Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.6 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.27