The Blind Watchmaker
Dawkins (Richard)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Amazon Book Description

  1. Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.
  2. A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?

Back Cover Blurb
  1. Winner of the royal society of literature award under the Heinemann bequest
  2. ‘His subject is nothing less than the meaning of life, and he attacks it with the evangelical fervour of a clergyman and the mind of a scientist’
    → The Times
  3. A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection-the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?
  4. ‘This might just be the most important evolution book since Darwin’
    → Dr John Gribbin in the Good Book Guide
  5. ‘An enchantingly witty and persuasive neo-Darwinist attack on the anti-evolutionists, pleasurably intelligible to the scientifically illiterate’
    → Hermione Lee in Books of the Year, Observer
  6. ‘The secret of good science writing is that one should understand the ideas oneself: good writing comes from clear thinking... in The Blind Watchmaker I was repeatedly astonished at the clarity with which Dawkins sees the problems... It is abundantly clear, however, that Dawkins has not lost his sense of wonder at the natural world as he has gained intellectual understanding of it... I wish I could write like that’
    John Maynard Smith in the New Scientist
  7. The Blind Watchmaker is fated to become as much a bestseller as his earlier The Selfish Gene... Dawkins has explained with passionate clarity how physics has created the watch without relying on blind chance’
    → Michael Young in New Society
  8. ‘Dawkins’s writing is a delight because it is witty and vivid. He treats the story of evolution as a “spine-chilling mystery” yet at the same time is dispassionate and fair. Accurate detail is fascinating; unifying theories are intoxicating: Dawkins tempers each with the other’
    → Lindsay Paterson in the Scotsman

BOOK COMMENT:
  • Penguin, 1986
  • Note: I read this book before creating my database, so no time is recorded against this book from when I first read it.




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