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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Richard Dawkins

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Title:The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Authors:Richard Dawkins
Info:Free Press (2009), Hardcover, 480 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:nonfiction, science, evolution, Darwinism, natural selection

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins (2009)

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I know you're not supposed to say this about books, generally speaking, but I enjoyed the photographs. They helped to illustrate his points about evolution in a way that helps one better appreciate nature. ( )
  Michael_Rose | Jan 10, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book a great deal but if you are looking for arguments for evolution this isn't the right book , It just guesses that you already know its true without stating any arguments . But its STILL an excellent book to read lots of info on how evolution happens and how long it takes to happen , I would still recommend this book to all of my friends. ( )
  LizzyRachel | Sep 16, 2015 |
Well written book...I enjoyed this book as it walks you through the concepts that most creationists fail to acknowledge or if they do, completely dismiss. Dawkins makes the argument simple by using common facts to get his point across but then takes the time to walk through much of the detail to back the points up. ( )
1 vote gopfolk | Feb 3, 2015 |
This should be used in all high school science classes. ( )
1 vote michael.d.dillon | Dec 22, 2014 |
Great book, almost too much for the those who only have a passing interest in evolution. If there are creationists who can read this book and still believe the world is 5000 years old, I do not know what to say.

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This brings me to the intellectual flaw, or maybe it’s a fault just of tone, in Dawkins’s otherwise eloquent paean to evolution: he has let himself slip into being as dogmatic as his opponents. He has become the Savonarola of science, condemning the doubters of evolution as “history-­deniers” who are “worse than ignorant” and “deluded to the point of perversity.” This is not the language of science, or civility. Creationists insist evolution is only a theory, Dawkins that it’s only a fact. Neither claim is correct.
The Greatest Show on Earth is Dawkins on top form: unambiguous, beautifully argued, with prose flowing like quicksilver.
added by jlelliott | editNature, Lawrence D. Hurst (pay site) (Oct 1, 2009)
Though he looses a shock-and-awe flurry of evidentiary darts (natural selection, fossil records, molecular biology, and much more), he also mutes some of the shriller tendencies that have unhinged—or at least made hectoring and unlovely—his previous works. The result is a sweeping, wryly joyous case for rationality, empiricism, and no God on this green Earth.
added by Shortride | editThe Atlantic (Oct 1, 2009)
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The evidence for evolution grows by the day, and has never been stronger. At the same time, paradoxically, ill-informed opposition is also stronger than I can remember. This book is my personal summary of the evidence that the 'theory' of evolution is actually a fact—as incontrovertible a fact as any in science.
Imagine that you are a teacher of Roman history and the Latin language, anxious to impart your enthusiasm for the ancient world—for the elegiacs of Ovid and the odes of Horace, the sinewy economy of Latin grammar as exhibited in the oratory of Cicero, the strategic niceties of the Punic Wars, the generalship of Julius Caesar and the voluptuous excesses of the later emperors.
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Sifting through rich layers of scientific evidence, Dawkins' "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."… (more)

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