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Dawkins, Richard 1941-

Works: 468 works in 1,820 publications in 26 languages and 53,841 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  History  Biography  Miscellanea  Conference proceedings  Humor  Periodicals  Popular works  Fiction  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Narrator, Author of introduction, Adapter, Performer, Creator, Thesis advisor, ed, Compiler, Contributor, pre, Speaker, Actor
Classifications: QH366.2, 575
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The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins( Book )
234 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 22 languages and held by 6,678 libraries worldwide
Dawkin's theory that genes may reach outside the bodies in which they sit and manipulate other individuals is recapitulated in this book, the new edition of which has two new chapters - a summary of the arguments and a new argument on the co-operation between the selfish genes
The God delusion by Richard Dawkins( Book )
126 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 20 languages and held by 4,942 libraries worldwide
A preeminent scientist asserts the irrationallity of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society from the Crusades to 9/11. He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly. Dawkins has fashioned an impassioned, rigorous rebuttal to religion, to be embraced by anyone who sputters at the inconsistencies and cruelties that riddle the Bible, bristles at the inanity of "intelligent design," or agonizes over fundamentalism in the Middle East--or Middle America.--From publisher description
The greatest show on Earth : the evidence for evolution by Richard Dawkins( Book )
57 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 3,659 libraries worldwide
Sifting through rich layers of scientific evidence, this is a counterattack on advocates of intelligent design, explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist argument
River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life by Richard Dawkins( Book )
67 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 2,972 libraries worldwide
How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as "the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius"), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery. Dawkins has been named by the London Daily Telegraph "the most brilliant contemporary preacher of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution." More than any other contemporary scientist, he has lent credence to the idea that human beings - indeed, all living things - are mere vehicles of information, gene carriers whose primary purpose is propagation of their own DNA. In this new book, Dawkins explains evolution as a flowing river of genes, genes meeting, competing, uniting, and sometimes separating to form new species. Filled with absorbing, at times alarming, stories about the world of bees and orchids, "designed" eyes and human ancestors, River Out of Eden answers tantalizing questions: Why are forest trees tall - wouldn't each survive more economically if all were short? Why is the sex ratio fifty-fifty when relatively few males are needed to impregnate many females? Why do we inherit genes for fatal illnesses? Who was our last universal ancestor? Dawkins suggests that it was more likely to have been an Adam than an African Eve. By "reverse engineering," he deduces the purpose of life ("God's Utility Function"). Hammering home the crucial role of gradualism in evolution, he confounds those who argue that every element of, say, an eye has to function perfectly or the whole system will collapse. But the engaging, personal, frequently provocative narrative that carries us along River Out of Eden has a larger purpose: the book illustrates the nature of scientific reasoning, exposing the difficulties scientists face in explaining life. We learn that our assumptions, intuitions, origin myths, and trendy intellectual and cultural "isms" all too often lead us astray
The ancestor's tale : a pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution by Richard Dawkins( Book )
43 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 2,838 libraries worldwide
The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dawkins's Tale takes us modern humans back through four billion years of life on our planet. As the pilgrimage progresses, we join with other organisms at the forty "rendezvous points" where we find a common ancestor. The band of pilgrims swells into a vast crowd as we join first with other primates, then with other mammals, and so on back to the first primordial organism. Dawkins's brilliant, inventive approach allows us to view the connections between ourselves and all other life in a bracingly novel way. It also lets him shed bright new light on the most compelling aspects of evolutionary history and theory: sexual selection, speciation, convergent evolution, extinction, genetics, plate tectonics, geographical dispersal, and more. The Ancestor's Tale is at once a far-reaching survey of the latest, best thinking on biology and a fascinating history of life on Earth. Here Dawkins shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world
The blind watchmaker by Richard Dawkins( Book )
80 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 2,794 libraries worldwide
A defense of Darwin's theory of evolution, which "identifies those aspects of the theory which people find hard to believe and removes the barriers to credibility one by one."--Back cover
Climbing mount improbable by Richard Dawkins( Book )
41 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 2,343 libraries worldwide
How do species evolve? Richard Dawkins, one of the world's most eminent zoologists, likens the process to scaling a huge, Himalaya-size peak, the Mount Improbable of his title. An alpinist does not leap from sea level to the summit; neither does a species utterly change forms overnight, but instead follows a course of "slow, cumulative, one-step-at-a-time, non-random survival of random variants"--A course that Charles Darwin, Dawkins's great hero, called natural selection. Illustrating his arguments with case studies from the natural world, such as the evolution of the eye and the lung, and the coevolution of certain kinds of figs and wasps, Dawkins provides a vigorous, entertaining defense of key Darwinian ideas
The extended phenotype : the gene as the unit of selection by Richard Dawkins( Book )
74 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,284 libraries worldwide
Unweaving the rainbow : science, delusion, and the appetite for wonder by Richard Dawkins( Book )
64 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,114 libraries worldwide
"Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, and combines them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder."--Jacket
The magic of reality : how we know what's really true by Richard Dawkins( Book )
37 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,939 libraries worldwide
The author of "The God delusion" addresses key scientific questions previously explained by rich mythologies, from the evolution of the first humans and the life cycle of stars to the principles of a rainbow and the origins of the universe
The Oxford book of modern science writing by Richard Dawkins( Book )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,588 libraries worldwide
Boasting almost one hundred pieces, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing is a breathtaking celebration of the finest writing by scientists--the best such collection in print--packed with scintillating essays on everything from "the discovery of Lucy" to "the terror and vastness of the universe."
A devil's chaplain : reflections on hope, lies, science, and love by Richard Dawkins( Book )
40 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,574 libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of essays that explore such topics as religion, mysticism, moden educational methods, pseudoscience, Africa, and late colleagues Douglas Adams and Stephen Jay Gould
The blind watchmaker : why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without design by Richard Dawkins( Book )
61 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,100 libraries worldwide
"The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who made one of the most famous creationist arguments: Just as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery that put the lie to these arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process that Darwin discovered - has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker." "Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time."--Jacket
Galápagos : the islands that changed the world by Paul D Stewart( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 917 libraries worldwide
"Rocky, fragile, beautiful, strange - the Galápagos archipelago is unlike any other place on earth. Its geology, its unique flora and fauna, and its striking role in human history intersect in surprising and dynamic ways. This book is the most wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated book available on the famous islands. Not since Darwin's Naturalist's Voyage has a book combined so much scientific and historic information with firsthand accounts that bring the Galápagos to life. Galápagos: The Islands That Changed the World describes how tragedy and murderous pirates curtailed settlement of the islands and how the islands' pristine nature, spectacular geology, and defining isolation inspired Darwin's ideas about evolution. The book explores the diverse land and marine habitats that shelter Galápagos species and considers the islands' importance today as a frontier for science and a refuge for true wilderness."--Publisher's description
The God delusion by Richard Dawkins( Sound Recording )
26 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 874 libraries worldwide
A preeminent scientist and atheist asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11. Examines God from the Old Testament to the more benign, but illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers, and argues for the improbablilty of a supreme being. Also argues that religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children
The Tinbergen legacy by Marian Stamp Dawkins( Book )
13 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 665 libraries worldwide
Tinbergen was one of the founding fathers of ethology and received the Nobel Prize for Biology and Medicine in 1973. This book looks at Tinbergen's influence on the science of animal behaviour, via his books, films and lectures
Godless : how an Evangelical preacher became one of America's leading atheists by Dan Barker( file )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 522 libraries worldwide
Barker describes the intellectual and psychological path he followed in moving from fundamentalism to freethought. Godless includes sections on biblical morality, the historicity of Jesus, biblical contradictions, the unbelievable resurrection, and much more
Oxford surveys in evolutionary biology ( serial )
in English and held by 425 libraries worldwide
The salmon of doubt hitchhiking the galaxy one last time by Douglas Adams( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 419 libraries worldwide
Rescued from his beloved Macintosh, The Salmon of Doubt provides us with the opportunity to linger and frolic one last time in the uniquely entertaining and richly informative mine of Douglas Adams. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death in May 2001, this is it: his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius
How to keep dinosaurs by Robert Mash( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and German and held by 398 libraries worldwide
It's funny, it's fun-an irrestible "spoof"! Congratulations! You're bringing home your very first pet dinosaur. But there's so much to think about and to prepare. Which dino gets on well with children or adapts best to life in a city apartment? What kind of food does it eat (and how can you avoid being its meal)? What bed would make it feel completely comfy? And what about a working dinosaur--one to watch over the home or do tricks for an audience? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this "dino owner's manual" amusingly explains what every human must know before adopting a new saurus. Find out what should go into the basic toolkit (a stout shovel is helpful and so are reinforced gauntlets); which species thrive in household life and which will cause BIG problems; and what dinosaurs are just right for circuses and zoos, in security, and for giving eggs and meat. For every dinosaur covered, there's information on feeding, breeding, housing, and availability; maps of where they lived; details on weight and size; as well as other pertinent facts. This creative, fun, and unique approach to dinosaurs will stir kids' imaginations and teach them, too. The illustrations cleverly mix photography and art to bring humans and dinos together for the first time, and show the animals in domestic situations. A Compsognathus in a litter box and a Microvenator peeking hungrily into a refrigerator are particular comic highlights. This is surely the most amusing way to learn about dinosaurs ever
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Alternative Names
Dawkins, Clinton Richard.
Dawkins, Clinton Richard 1941-
Dawkins, R.
Dawkins, R. 1941-
Dawkins, R. (Richard), 1941-
Dawkins, Richard
Dawkins, Richard M.
Dokinz, Ričard.
Докинз, Ричард 1941-
داوكينز، ريتشارد، 1941-
ريتشارد دوكنز، 1941-
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