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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
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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.

One and a half thumbs up. ( )
  branjohb | Sep 19, 2014 |
Dawkins carefully lays out the evidence that evolution is true. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
The philosphy behind this book is nice but rather awkward: a biologist trying to bring up as much 'proofs' for evolution as possible to give other 'evolution believers' some solid ground when they find themselves in a discussion on the subject with 'non-believers' (creationists or believers of intelligent design). I do not believe Dawkins really achieves this goal, but that doesn't take away that the text is an elegant, well-written, amusing and often astounding bunch of stories and anecdotes on wonderful creatures, intelligent research and original chains of thought.

The word 'bunch' indicates the main downside of the book (in my opinion). It lacks some form of story grouping everything together, other than the simple sentence 'evolution is true'. The chapters are often arbitrarely chosen and some more summaries would be welcome. Sometimes Dawkins doesn't know when to stop telling a story, and other times he repeats the same phrase over and over again, but that hardly influences the reading pleasure. It might not 'convert' many non-believers, but it's an amusing read and offers a great view on the wonderful and amazing world we live in. ( )
  Differenti | Jan 24, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this! Professor Dawkins has a real gift for explaining pretty complex biological ideas to non-scientists. He also lays out plenty of evidence for evolution being a SCIENTIFIC THEORY. Sorry about the shouting, but that word "theory" seems to be a problem for some people.

Professor Dawkins is a fine writer. I may not agree with everything he says, but I like and appreciate the spirit in which it's written. ( )
  KarenM61 | Nov 28, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this! Professor Dawkins has a real gift for explaining pretty complex biological ideas to non-scientists. He also lays out plenty of evidence for evolution being a SCIENTIFIC THEORY. Sorry about the shouting, but that word "theory" seems to be a problem for some people.

Professor Dawkins is a fine writer. I may not agree with everything he says, but I like and appreciate the spirit in which it's written. ( )
  KarenM61 | Nov 28, 2013 |
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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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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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