In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would 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. Now the author of the iconic work The God Delusion takes them to task.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design", explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics. Combining these elements and many more, he makes the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection."
The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts are made to undermine the status of science in the classroom. Dawkins wields a devastating argument against this ignorance, but his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.
©2009 Richard Dawkins; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
"If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up. Dawkins remains a superb translator of complex scientific concepts....he has a way of making the drollest details feel like a revelation." (Publishers Weekly)
Dawkins eloquently destroys creationism while delivering a non-shallow introduction to the evidence of evolution. Every human should study their remarkable beginnings, and this book is an excellent way to do just that.
This book is easy to follow and goes far more in depth than I had anticipated. If you are truly interested in learning about the actual evidence supporting evolution I highly recommend this book.
Relatively easy for the layman to follow (as I am one) and still full of loads of great information. Scary, the level of science deniers we still have, whom are otherwise perfectly rational people in their day to day lives.
I love Dawkins! books. The content of this book is as good as any of his others. Sadly he splits the narration randomly between himself and another woman. I understand the intention and it's a cool experiment, but the switching is really distracting, even though they are both perfectly serviceable narrators.
Great read for anyone in doubt of evolution, and ammunition for those fighting against other peoples imaginary friends. A great listen, an even better read!
This particular Dawkins book does not address the existence of a god. The purpose, instead, is to lay out basic evidence for the truth of evolution. The performance is very good; It resembles a discussion rather than a reading. The evidence is laid out clearly and the book has a nice flow.
This book is a "must listen". Beautifully thought through, wonderfully read and deeply thought provoking for all atheists and theists alike.
Dawkins is a fantastic teacher of evolutionary science. He has a thorough understanding of what concepts need to be emphasized and what can be glossed over while still maintaining interest. I really enjoyed listening to him.
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