The Selfish Gene : 30th Anniversary edition: 30th Anniversary edition

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OUP Oxford, Mar 16, 2006 - Mathematics - 384 pages
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and 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.

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As usual Dawkins' prose is clear and very easy to read. - Goodreads
But I did not like the writing style. - Goodreads
Great insight on GENES. - Goodreads
This is a wonderful, educational piece about genes. - Goodreads
Great overview of gene centered evolution. - Goodreads
Hard to read but really awesome! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lloyd Jong - Goodreads

Hard to read but really awesome! Changes a lot of things in the way I see the world now a big stepping stone before reading other books on evolution... Read full review

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A truly remarkable book – the five star rating system doesn't justly capture the astounding effect The Selfish Gene has on its readers. Through the entirety of the book, Richard Dawkins, by means of ... Read full review

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1 Why are people?
2 The replicators
3 Immortal coils
4 The gene machine
stability and the selfish machine
6 Genesmanship
7 Family planning
8 Battle of the generations
10 You scratch my back Ill ride on yours
the new replicators
12 Nice guys finish first
13 The long reach of the gene
Updated bibliography
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9 Battle of the sexes

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Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

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