The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

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Overview

The Selfish Gene caused a wave of excitement among biologists and the general public when it was first published in 1976. Its vivid rendering of a gene’s eye view of life, in lucid prose, gathered together the strands of thought about the nature of natural selection into a conceptual framework with far-reaching implications for our understanding of evolution.Time has confirmed its significance. Intellectually rigorous, yet written in non-technical language, The Selfish Gene is widely regarded as a masterpiece of science writing, and its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published."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"Learned, witty, and very well written…exhilaratingly good." —Sir Peter Medawar, The Spectator

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491514504
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.

Table of Contents

1. Why are people? . . . . . 1
2. The replicators . . . . . 12
3. Immortal coils . . . . . 21
4. The gene machine . . . . . 46
5. Aggression: stability and the selfish machine . . . . . 66
6. Genesmanship . . . . . 88
7. Family planning . . . . . 109
8. Battle of the generations . . . . . 123
9. Battle of the sexes . . . . . 140
10. You scratch my back, I'll ride on yours . . . . . 166
11. Memes: the new replicators . . . . . 189
12. Nice guys finish first . . . . . 202
13. The long reach of the gene . . . . . 234

Endnotes . . . . . 267

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