The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

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.

Science & Nature
Richard Dawkins & Lalla Ward
hr min
3 September
Random House AudioBooks

Customer Reviews

jamichelash ,

Life, what else do you want to know.

Was a pleasure to listen to and relisten to, chuckled, pondered and rewound a few times just to make sure the obvious wasnt so...obvious and to burn into my brain some interesting and undeniable facts. Great. Good price, elegant narration, highly recommend.

Al Melbourne ,

Great book. True Richard Dawkins.

Dawkins is one of those scientists who writes brilliantly for lay audiences. It's always great to read or hear from him about the wonders of nature and to understand how such apparent complexity evolved over time. His book is also a tribute to the genius of Charles Darwin, the first to trully comprehend and expose evolution. I understand his frustration with creationists, it does beggar belief that in this day and age so many people believe literally in Noa's ark and other biblical myths.

Inpadadu ,

Only listen to this If your mind is open!

To all people who gave this a one star review, please read the "Tips for writing a great review" dot point five.
It reads: "do not use language that can be construed as hateful". Some of the religious extremeist points have been very hateful. Why can't us atheists just listen to something we think is true without being bombarded with immature arguments and hate?