Richard Dawkins : How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think, Paperback Book

Richard Dawkins : How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think Paperback

Edited by Alan Grafen, Mark Ridley

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This sparkling collection explores the impact of Richard Dawkins as scientist, rationalist, and one of the most important thinkers alive today.

Specially commissioned pieces by leading figures in science, philosophy, literature, and the media, such as Daniel C.

Dennett, Matt Ridley, Steven Pinker, Philip Pullman, and the Bishop of Oxford, highlight the breadth and range of Dawkins' influence on modern science and culture, from the gene's eye view of evolution to his energetic engagement in public debates on science, rationalism, and religion.

The volume includes personal reminiscences and critical debate as well as accessible discussions of science - it provides a stimulating tribute to a remarkable intellectual.




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This book's about to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 'Selfish Gene', perhaps the most important of Dawkins' works. It's a bit disappointment that the title's misleading, because most of the essays are not about Dawkins but the book and it's impacts. I enjoyed the last two chapters the most, these are about the man and his extraordinary abilities to explain one of the most influental and most wonderful theory of mankind's history. Evolution.

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This collection of essays celebrates the contributions of Richard Dawkins. Most of the contributors focus on his selfish gene theory, though there is a short grouping at the back of the book that discuss his ability to generate religious controversy. One section deals solely with his ability to write in a comprehensible, interesting manner. There are a couple of clunkers among the essays, chiefly the one by Matt Ridley, but most of them are intersting and informative. The book is not as interesting to read as books by its subject, however.