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Charles Darwin?s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of ?Intelligent Design? and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the ?time clocks? of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution. The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.

About the Author
Richard Dawkins is the renowned academic responsible for such works as The Selfish Gene through to the phenomenal The God Delusion. Recently, he presented The Genius of Charles Darwin, a three-part television series examining the legacy of the great scientist and some of the issues covered in this timely book.

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This is a magnificent book of wonderstanding: Richard Dawkins combines an artist?s wonder at the virtuosity of nature with a scientist?s understanding of how it comes to be.,This is the book Richard Dawkins needed to write and many need to read - a comprehensive account of evolution which faces the difficulties and questions his critics have raised. In it he draws on his great ability to write about science in a way that is clear, absorbing and vivid.,With characteristic flair and passion, Dawkins has put on a stunning exhibition of the evidence for evolution. In his own words, ?Evolution is a fact ? and no unbiased reader will close the book doubting it?.,Richard Dawkins writes about evolution science with unflagging enthusiasm, wit and lucidity. This book is a wonderful addition to his already distinguished ouevre.,Whether it?s Lenski?s bacteria or our own ancestors, Richard Dawkins discusses the evidence for evolution with his usual charm, style, clarity and brilliance.,A beautifully crafted and intelligible rebuttal of creationism and intelligent design.,A voice of reason in irrational times, Richard Dawkins is both theorist and explainer of one of the greatest discoveries of the human mind.,Dawkins gathers up the weight of evidence into a huge lump and hurls it at us from the highest heights his rhetoric can scale ... but his grandness of vision still dazzles.,Dawkins?s writing demonstrates once again his consummate skill as an explainer ? the topics are all laid out with that combination of clarity and verve that is [his] hallmark.,Dawkins is the Jeremy Clarkson of biology: an effervescent and opinionated enthusiast who loves to poke fun at opponents? idiocies.,He has lost none of his virtuosity in explanation, narration and the presentation of a clinching fact.,Dawkins remains a superb translator of complex scientific concepts ? he has a way of making the drollest details feel like a revelation.,In the bicentennial year of Darwin?s birth Mr Dawkins fills a gap in his oeuvre by setting out the evidence that the ?theory? of evolution is a fact ? And what a lot of evidence there is.,... He is an awesome thinker, a superb writer whose explanatory skills I envy, who dismisses his opponents with the thoroughness of a top silk.,Dawkins emerges like a prize-fighter, knocking out of the ring all objections.,Most importantly his writing radiates an intense sense of fascination. He is a great explainer, taking complex biological processes and making them accessible.,If you want to understand evolution, I doubt there are many better at explaining it to laymen than Dawkins ... A writer who is red in tooth and pen, his opponents don't stand a chance.,An accessible, colourful and beautifully detailed look at many scientific wonders - whether it's the great variety of dogs or the sex life of orchids - and a great primer for those coming fresh to the subject.,Richard Dawkin's new book ... gives the fact-rejecters their just deserts.,The book is full of evidence, some familiar and some new. Its case is presented in a manner succinct, clear and sometimes vivid.,No other book currently available approaches Dawkin's comprehensive yet accessible treatment of the extraordinarily diverse and massive body of data that drives ineluctably to the same conclusion.,The Greatest Show on Earth is a lucid, thorough and often exciting survey of evolution and takes in rats' teeth, dogs, bacteria, the so-called missing link, crustaceans, giraffe anatomy, hummingbirds, chimpanzees, enzymes - you name it. It is informed in nearly every paragraph by Mr. Dawkins's irrepressible enthusiasm.,The Greatest Show on Earth ... is essential reading. I would currently rate it ... as the best overall book on the evidence for Evolution.

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Author Richard Dawkins
Book Details
Publisher BLACK SWAN
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9780552775243
ISBN-10 055277524X
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 528 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.12 inch
Height 1.26 inch
Weight 438 g
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A wonderful eye opener....

This is my first Dawkins experience... introduced to me by my colleague. An eyeopener of sorts the Greatest show on earth is like nothing i have read before. The witty dark English sense of humor combined with some amazing set of experimental evidences of evolution served to drive the point home in a really readable and enjoyable fashion!
Some myth dispelling statements like how imperfectly the human body is engineered and how pain and suffering are abound to some really witty statements which if they were jokes were really funny otherwise a tad racist were some of the many other awesome things in the book that kept me hooked. The great bias in our education system that refuses to teach evolution came out clearly as well. And before i forget, the color pages in the book are impeccable especially the one with the stages a development of the human baby.
All in all a book worth having as part of your library... you might as well buy it even if you don't have a libraby!!
Truly worth a read....

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An Outstanding Book from an Outstanding Mind!

This a short, but brilliant account of Evolution over the eons.

The writing is lucid and ideas are communicated excellently; the occasional repetition of common sense, stated bluntly, (targeted mostly at superstitious people who believe in crop-circles, UFOs, alien invasion, and yes, creationism) by the author serves to introduce science and clarity of thought to the reader.

This is a must read book for any well educated person, and perhaps most importantly for educators, and academics.

A deserving 5/5!

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The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins.

This book explains, relying upon thorough and exhaustive evidences and secondary data, that the theory of Darwin about the processes of evolution of life over millions of years is an eternal truth and is the very foundation of science as well as scientific attitude.
It reflects the strong bias in favour of superstition and blind faith propelled by the institutions of various religions concerning supernatural factors and 'God created or facilitated everything for formation of Life " type in societies. What is most alarming, the most advanced countries like USA and those in Europe have the highest % ( about 40% ) of such backward minds.
The book is extremely well written using lucid style to be easily appreciated by common reader from any discipline other than life sciences.
However, it is essentially an academic book.

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Evolution Proved in Lab

This is Dawkins at his simplest and at his most elegant. The book will give you a basic understanding of what evolution is, how it works, and how do we know all this. That is the beauty of Dawkins or any other scientist worth his salt. They always explain how they know what they know.

And Dawkins is one of the most beautiful science writers around. His lucid prose is like free flowing poetry. And in this work, he has given evidence of the lab experiments on some strain of fast growing bacteria, speed-forwarding evolution for us and documenting it. For those religious fanatics who kept shrieking where is the experiment? where is the experiment? This book will provide answers.

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Totally worth reading

If you love evolution, you will surely love this. And how could you not love it? It is written by Sir Richard Dawkins. Explains everything about evolution of all types. I loved the way he reviewed Darwin's and Lamarck
s theories. Looking forward to buy God Delusion.

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