12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An important book about which I have one important reservation,
This review is from: The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition (Oxford Landmark Science) (Kindle Edition)I recommend this book and learned a great deal from it. Please consider this review in that light.
This book which sets out the gene centric theory of evolution is difficult for a lay reader (me) to review. Dawkins tries to make the subject understandable to just about any non-science but reasonably well -educated reader. Throughout the book, Dawkins attempts to make it more approachable by using snappy colloquial language. Nevertheless, this is a challenging read.
For a lay reader, part of the challenge is sorting through the book’s near endless digressions in which Dawkins “rebuts” the contrary views of some very well-respected evolutionists (e.g. E.O. Wilson, S.J. Gould and others). I was/am uninterested in these quarrels and have no way of evaluating their merits. However, many of these are integrated into the explanatory text so that it is hard to skip over them. The book is listed at 450 pages of which 100 pages are devoted to end- notes which contain even more... Read more
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Much More Than Advertised,
This review is from: The Selfish Gene (Hardcover)My Copy: Oxford Univ. Press: 30th Anniversary Edition (Hardbound)
There is much more to "The Selfish Gene" than is advertised, even in the most glowing of its reviews. In fact, I (not a biologist, but fascinated by evolution ever since "dinosaurs" and the first high school biology course) have been vaguely aware of this book since its initial wave of rave reviews many years ago, but never bothered to read it because as it was advertised its theme(s) always seemed pretty obvious. But something recently piqued my curiosity again, not sure what that was now, and after reading the prefatory material online I finally decided to take a look.
After reading quickly through the first 3 chapters, it became apparent that there was a great deal more underlying the book than was overtly presented, that it was not just an over-extended, over-simplified, over-popularized, metaphorical presentation .... but rather that its metaphorical treatment is... Read more
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is the first of his books I've read, ...,
This review is from: The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science) (Paperback)
This is the first of his books I've read, and I expect to read all his others before I die. A challenging topic to understand, for me anyway. Dawkins writes clearly, with wit.