The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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 inde Charles Darwin?s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was ...

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Title:The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Author:Richard Dawkins
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Genres:Science
ISBN:The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:470 pages pages

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Reviews

  • Nikki
    Mar 06, 2012
    Richard Dawkins is, from my point of view, a fairly unpleasant man even when I agree with him. He sets out to make this book an explanation of how evolution works (but for that, I would go with Coyne?s Why Evolution is True), and why it is the correct explanation for various phenomen...
  • A.J.
    Apr 06, 2010
    There's a general feeling out there about Richard Dawkins that he's a little too shrill, a little too hard on people, and perhaps a tad too full of himself. I've had a couple of these thoughts from time to time, though not the last one, and would almost catch myself nodding in agreemen...
  • Megan
    Sep 15, 2009
    I wish I'd had engaging and interesting texts like this to read when I had to take science classes in high school. I always wanted to like science so much, but I always got bogged down in minutae, in questions the text or teachers didn't address, and in the boredom of rote memorization...
  • David S. T.
    Apr 14, 2011
    This isn't the best introductory book I've read on evolution, Dawkins loves to insult the people who don't hold his views, goes way to far sometimes to get his point across and has a tendency to ramble on and mention interesting but irrelevant stuff. Once you get past the flaws this ac...
  • diana
    Nov 04, 2009
    Two disclaimers before I begin my review: 1. I am an atheist. 2. I am a molecular biologist. So, I am clearly not the target audience. That being said, I really wanted to like this book. I am so happy that there are people out there who are speaking out in defense of evolution a...
  • Kris Madaus
    Jan 05, 2010
    Wow! This is definitely one of those books that makes you look at the world a little differently after reading. Richard Dawkins writes so well on the subject. He is extremely thorough in his description of the fact of evolution, but he doesn't dumb down his explanations either. If you ...
  • Merilee
    Mar 20, 2010
    I am almost sad to finish this excellent book, my fifth of Dawkins'. It ranks right up there with Climbing Mount Improbable and River out of Eden. Dawkins writes beautifully, especially for a scientist, with a combination of erudition and wit. I have a fairly strong background in scien...
  • Steven Peterson
    Dec 04, 2011
    Bookmarks begins its review of this book by saying: "'Like a detective reconstructing a crime' (San Francisco Chronicle), Dawkins amasses a mountain of evidence in this richly illustrated, enormously readable explanation of the theory of evolution." This book is Dawkins' effort to lay ...
  • Manny
    Oct 09, 2013
    To any Young Earth Creationist who happens to be reading this review First, thank you for getting this far. It's to your credit: you're willing to find out something about what the other side has to say. You're probably expecting I'll tell you to read Dawkins's latest book. In fact,...
  • Maria
    Jul 09, 2011
    With the help of drawings, photos, cartoons, tables, diagrams & notes, an emphasis on extremely lucid step-by-step explanations, examples, iteration & reiteration & plenty of humor, R Dawkins shows that we are indeed so lucky to be witness to the Greatest Show on Earth -- t...
  • Tag Riggs
    Feb 18, 2011
    After reading this book, I quickly realized that it was targeted for a particular audience--the choir complete with holy robes and clapping hands shouting, "...Preach it brother Dawkins, preach it my brother, Evolution AMEN!, Hallelujah!" I honestly think that it is required that you b...
  • Marvin
    Aug 11, 2009
    Richard Dawkins has taken his seat along with Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan as a great populist of science. In all of his science books and especially in The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence For Evolution, He has taken a complex subject and presented it with clarity to a populatio...
  • Des
    Oct 06, 2009
    Most of what Dawkins explains in this book was not yet known when I went to school. My jaw was dropping several times during this most pleasurable trip through the physical evidence of evolution. In 4 billion years we went from a single cell to a fully developed human, and now each ...
  • Catie
    Jan 13, 2010
    Dawkins arguments for evolution are elegant and, in some cases, simply breath-taking. As a psychology professor myself, and as one who has had to contend with "history deniers" for years, I especially liked his description of Lenski's research on the evolution of bacteria. Although fac...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Sep 29, 2014
    A really well written, interesting, logical discussion on evolution. I quite enjoyed this book. ...
  • Ana
    Dec 21, 2016
    Oh, Dawkins. Tell me more of evolution, please. Speak to me of genes and their ways. Teach me things about the world. I could read this stuff for hours. I am endlessly fascinated and the more I understand of evolution, the more I am aware of how unbelievably lucky I am that I exist, th...
  • Book
    Jun 24, 2011
    The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins The Greatest Show on Earth is another solid book in a series of books by Richard Dawkins. This book has to do with the evidence in support of evolution. The book is composed of the following thirteen chapters: 1.Only a theory? 2. Dogs, ...
  • M.G. Mason
    Aug 08, 2011
    Dawkins latest book finally tackles creationism in a not-so-head-on collision. Always vowing to never answer a challenge directly, Dawkins does it in the best way he possibly could, by demonstrating why evolution is true. He seemingly leaves no stone uncovered in the challenge, ofte...
  • Caroline
    Sep 14, 2013
    What a stunning read. I have read several books by Dawkins, mostly concerning evolution, and I think this was the easiest to understand. This is partly because I skipped the most difficult bits! For instance I am never going to know how carbon dating is done - but I can live with that....
  • Marius Masalar
    Sep 03, 2012
    This is a challenging book to assess. My first question, upon finishing it, is "who is this for?" The science is too involved for a scientifically illiterate fundamentalist creationist audience, the sardonic tone likewise off-putting to them, and the atheists like me who share his b...
  • Shawn
    Mar 28, 2018
    Another great book by Richard Dawkins. This is a wonderful book that richly describes, in immense details, the wonder that is evolution. Here is a book that really shows the awe of science, and nature and how the world has become the great cornucopia of life that it has become. ...
  • Cherie
    Jun 03, 2013
    Richard Dawkins has crafted a masterpiece dedicated to explaining evolution in a way that the layman can understand, providing excellent examples of evidence from fossil evidence to observable evidence, genetic evidence, and so on. My personal favorite chapter was on the geographic dis...
  • Arvind
    Jun 05, 2018
    "We are surrounded by endless forms, most beautiful and most wonderful, and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random natural selection ? the only game in town, the greatest show on Earth." I remember reading about Richard Dawkins a few years ago and (...
  • Shaun
    Dec 04, 2017
    So, I admire Dawkins as both a scientist and a writer. His passion for science and the endless search for truth is infectious and his talent for writing magnificent prose is noteable. I had the pleasure to go see him speak at the Center for Inquiry in D.C., and also got to mingle wi...
  • Charbel
    Oct 01, 2013
    Evolution is one of my favourite subjects, and it saddens me how many people refuse to see the beauty of it, let alone give it a chance. I've never been one to push my opinions on others, and I consider myself an open minded person, but I feel that people don't believe in evolution, s...
  • ☙ percy ❧
    Dec 29, 2017
    *sharp inhale* i'm religious. i'm a Catholic. and i'm not a creationist and i believe in evolution and i want to read this book because evolution is really interesting to me and i, too, want to take on Young Earth Creationists. however, dawkins has a Most terrible habit of dissi...
  • Mohamed al-Jamri
    Jan 02, 2015
    For those looking for evidence supporting evolution, either because they themselves doubt it or want more evidences to argue for it, these two books can do the job extremely well. I bet the vast majority if not all of those who read "The Greatest Show on Earth" & "Why Evolution ...
  • emile
    Jan 05, 2015
    Evolution : The only game in town, the greatest show on earth. ...
  • Jaya
    Jun 07, 2018
    3.75 stars. Felt a bit too technical for an un-science-y person like I. Nevertheless, 'twas bloody brilliant. Have a few unresolved queries, guess I have to find answers, somewhere else... ...
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    Jun 15, 2017
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