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The Selfish Gene : 40th Anniversary edition - Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene

40th Anniversary edition

By: Richard Dawkins

Paperback | 8 June 2016 | Edition Number 4

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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages.

As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.

This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews.

Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
Industry Reviews
`From the moment of its publication 40 years ago, it has been a sparkling best-seller and a scientific game-changer. ' - Matt Ridley, NatureReview from previous edition: 'The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius.' - New York Times'This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.' - W.D. Hamilton, Science'Learned, witty and very well written...Exhilaratingly good.' - Peter Medawar in The Spectator'The exciting theories and their wide implications are explained with clarity, wit and enthusiasm.' - Peter Parker, Sunday Times'Dawkins demonstrates that complex, theoretical or mathematical ideas can be expressed rigorously, in plain English. The book remains an excellent way for those who have not been trained in evolution to understand modern arguments.' - Trends in Ecology and Evolution'A splendid example of how difficult scientific ideas can be explained by someone who understands them and is willing to take the trouble.' - The New Yorker'... the reader will come away with a clear understanding of kin selection, evolutionary stable strategies, and similar staples of the literature on evolutionary theories of animal behaviour. This is a considerable achievement.' - Times Higher Education Supplement`Buy this book, read it and recommend it to your students...There is still nothing else quite like it. Not only are the new chapters and endnotes worthy additions to the original, but the 1976 text comes up as fresh as a primrose and, in its way, nearly as perfect.' - Animal Behaviour`What is so refreshing about Dawkins is that he has confidence in the scientific method, in the testing of beliefs to destruction, no matter how cherished they may be.' - Benjamin Woolley, The Listener'Scientists give every appearance of being addicts, and science is their vice. That is one reason why progress in science is so rapid. I for one have benefited a great deal from Dawkins's addiction.' - David L. Hull, Nature'It's a classic that's still relevant today.' - Daily Express`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

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