Items related to The Selfish Gene (Popular Science)

The Selfish Gene (Popular Science)

4.15 avg rating
( 160,892 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780192860927: The Selfish Gene (Popular Science)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands of readers to rethink their beliefs about life.
In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.
This revised edition of Dawkins' fascinating book contains two new chapters. One, entitled "Nice Guys Finish First," demonstrates how cooperation can evolve even in a basically selfish world. The other new chapter, entitled "The Long Reach of the Gene," which reflects the arguments presented in Dawkins' The Extended Phenotype, clarifies the startling view that genes may reach outside the bodies in which they dwell and manipulate other individuals and even the world at large. Containing a wealth of remarkable new insights into the biological world, the second edition once again drives home the fact that truth is stranger than fiction.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene. Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel's work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that "our" genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven't thought of evolution in the same way since.

Why are there miles and miles of "unused" DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet's clarity, Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind. Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology, he paved the way for a serious re-evaluation of evolution. He also introduced the concept of self-reproducing ideas, or memes, which (seemingly) use humans exclusively for their propagation. If we are puppets, he says, at least we can try to understand our strings. --Rob Lightner

About the Author:


Richard Dawkins is Lecturer in Animal Behavior and Fellow of New College, Oxford. He is the author of The Blind Watchmaker.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780198788607: The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0198788606 ISBN 13: 9780198788607
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2016
Softcover

9780199291151: The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author

Oxford..., 2006
Softcover

9780192177735: The Selfish Gene (New Edition)

Oxford..., 1989
Hardcover

9780199291144: The Selfish Gene

Oxford..., 2006
Hardcover

9781582881140: The Selfish Gene

Scient..., 2004
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Wizard Books
(Long Beach, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # Wizard0192860925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.32
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
THEVILLAGEBOOKSTORE
(Fall River, MA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. PAP. Seller Inventory # 53MN6P000F6Q

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Campbell Bookstore
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # NewCamp0192860925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GF Books, Inc.
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 0192860925-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

Dawkins, Richard
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
My Books Store
(Tallahassee, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Book is in NEW condition. Satisfaction Guaranteed! Fast Customer Service!!. Seller Inventory # MBSN0192860925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldBooks
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # think0192860925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.13
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Newport Bookstore
(Pflugerville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # newport0192860925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldenWavesOfBooks
(Fayetteville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # Holz_New_0192860925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.12
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
Poverty Hill Books
(Mt. Prospect, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW, Perfect Shape, No Remainder Mark,Fast Shipping With Online Tracking, International Orders shipped Global Priority Air Mail, All orders handled with care and shipped promptly in secure packaging, we ship Mon-Sat and send shipment confirmation emails. Our customer service is friendly, we answer emails fast, accept returns and work hard to deliver 100% Customer Satisfaction!. Seller Inventory # 9070629

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Richard Dawkins
Published by Oxford University Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0192860925 ISBN 13: 9780192860927
New paperback Quantity: 2
Seller:
The Book Spot
(Sioux Falls, SD, U.S.A.)

Book Description paperback. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # CBs3newskus-4648

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 57.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book