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The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Illustrated, 8 June 2016

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press UK; 4th edition (8 June 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 544 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0198788606
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0198788607
  • Dimensions : 19.56 x 3.56 x 13.21 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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`From the moment of its publication 40 years ago, it has been a sparkling best-seller and a scientific game-changer. ' - Matt Ridley, NatureReview from previous edition: 'The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius.' - New York Times'This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.' - W.D. Hamilton, Science'Learned, witty and very well written...Exhilaratingly good.' - Peter Medawar in The Spectator'The exciting theories and their wide implications are explained with clarity, wit and enthusiasm.' - Peter Parker, Sunday Times'Dawkins demonstrates that complex, theoretical or mathematical ideas can be expressed rigorously, in plain English. The book remains an excellent way for those who have not been trained in evolution to understand modern arguments.' - Trends in Ecology and Evolution'A splendid example of how difficult scientific ideas can be explained by someone who understands them and is willing to take the trouble.' - The New Yorker'... the reader will come away with a clear understanding of kin selection, evolutionary stable strategies, and similar staples of the literature on evolutionary theories of animal behaviour. This is a considerable achievement.' - Times Higher Education Supplement`Buy this book, read it and recommend it to your students...There is still nothing else quite like it.  Not only are the new chapters and endnotes worthy additions to the original, but the 1976 text comes up as fresh as a primrose and, in its way, nearly as perfect.' - Animal Behaviour`What is so refreshing about Dawkins is that he has confidence in the scientific method, in the testing of beliefs to destruction, no matter how cherished they may be.' - Benjamin Woolley, The Listener'Scientists give every appearance of being addicts, and science is their vice. That is one reason why progress in science is so rapid. I for one have benefited a great deal from Dawkins's addiction.' - David L. Hull, Nature'It's a classic that's still relevant today.' - Daily Express`Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose.  (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)' - H. Allen Orr, New York Review of Books`The Selfish Gene is a classic.' - Robin McKie, The Observer`A genuine cultural landmark of our time.' - The Independent

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`From the moment of its publication 40 years ago, it has been a sparkling best-seller and a scientific game-changer. ' - Matt Ridley, NatureReview from previous edition: 'The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius.' - New York Times'This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.' - W.D. Hamilton, Science'Learned, witty and very well written...Exhilaratingly good.' - Peter Medawar in The Spectator'The exciting theories and their wide implications are explained with clarity, wit and enthusiasm.' - Peter Parker, Sunday Times'Dawkins demonstrates that complex, theoretical or mathematical ideas can be expressed rigorously, in plain English. The book remains an excellent way for those who have not been trained in evolution to understand modern arguments.' - Trends in Ecology and Evolution'A splendid example of how difficult scientific ideas can be explained by someone who understands them and is willing to take the trouble.' - The New Yorker'... the reader will come away with a clear understanding of kin selection, evolutionary stable strategies, and similar staples of the literature on evolutionary theories of animal behaviour. This is a considerable achievement.' - Times Higher Education Supplement`Buy this book, read it and recommend it to your students...There is still nothing else quite like it.  Not only are the new chapters and endnotes worthy additions to the original, but the 1976 text comes up as fresh as a primrose and, in its way, nearly as perfect.' - Animal Behaviour`What is so refreshing about Dawkins is that he has confidence in the scientific method, in the testing of beliefs to destruction, no matter how cherished they may be.' - Benjamin Woolley, The Listener'Scientists give every appearance of being addicts, and science is their vice. That is one reason why progress in science is so rapid. I for one have benefited a great deal from Dawkins's addiction.' - David L. Hull, Nature'It's a classic that's still relevant today.' - Daily Express`Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose.  (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)' - H. Allen Orr, New York Review of Books`The Selfish Gene is a classic.' - Robin McKie, The Observer`A genuine cultural landmark of our time.' - The Independent

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I don't know who packed this particular copy for me. A leftover.. within two-three readings, all parts will become separate pieces. The person must have saved good ones for shops and this types of copies for fools like me. The book is a very good one, I know. The copy bad one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If this is the standard Richard Dawkins has I will surely read all of his books
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