The Selfish Gene

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - Science - 464 pages
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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.

 

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It may be that genetics can never be rendered clearly for the laymen. I certainly struggled with this despite Dawkins reputation as a man who could explain complex subjects gracefully. The central ... Read full review

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Contents

1 WHY ARE PEOPLE?
1
2 THE REPLICATORS
15
3 IMMORTAL COILS
26
4 THE GENE MACHINE
59
5 AGGRESSION
86
6 GENESMANSHIP
114
7 FAMILY PLANNING
141
8 BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS
159
11 MEMES
245
12 NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST
261
13 THE LONG REACH OF THE GENE
302
EPILOGUE TO 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
345
ENDNOTES
359
BIBLIOGRAPHY
435
INDEX AND KEY TO BIBLIOGRAPHY
447
EXTRACTS FROM REVIEWS
457

9 BATTLE OF THE SEXES
182
10 YOU SCRATCH MY BACK ILL RIDE ON YOURS
216

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Richard Dawkins, Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford, is one of the most influential science writers and communicators of our generation. He was the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he held from 1995 until 2008, and is Emeritus 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), The Ancestor's Tale (2004), and The God Delusion (2007). 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, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize, and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest in 2009.

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