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Title:
The selfish gene
Author:
Dawkins, Richard, 1941-
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Edition:
New edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Subject Term:

ISBN:
9780192177735

9780192860927
Format :
Book

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Central Library QH437 .D38 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

This is a new edition of possibly the most exciting and innovative book on evolution in years. An international bestseller, Dawkins's superb reworking of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much interest outside the scientific community as within it. Fascinating, convincing, and beautiful in the simplicity with which complex ideas are expressed, The Selfish Gene is a classic.
The revised, expanded edition contains two important new chapters. "Nice Guys Finish First" shows how cooperation can evolve even in a basically selfish world, and "The Long Reach of the Gene" advances the startling view that genes may reach outside the bodies in which they sit to manipulate other individuals--and even the world at large. The book concludes with completely new endnotes in which Dawkins replies to previous critics, or elaborates on points in the original text.
Written in characteristically lively and accessible style, this new edition confirms Dawkins's reputation as one of the most brilliant biologists of his generation.


Summary

Science need not be dull and bogged down by jargon, as Richard Dawkins proves in this entertaining look at evolution. The themes he takes up are the concepts of altruistic and selfish behaviour; the genetical definition of selfish interest; the evolution of aggressive behaviour; kinshiptheory; sex ratio theory; reciprocal altruism; deceit; and the natural selection of sex differences. 'Should be read, can be read by almost anyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.' W.D. Hamilton, Science


Author Notes

Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. His books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, The God Delusion, and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. His books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, The God Delusion, and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Preface to 1976 edn
Preface to 1989 edn
1 Why are people?
2 The replicators
3 Immortal coils
4 The gene machine
5 Aggression: stability and the selfish machine
6 Genesmanship
7 Family planning
8 Battle of the generations
9 Battle of the sexes
10 You scratch my back, I'll ride on yours
11 Memes: the new replicators
12 Nice guys finish first
13 The long reach of the gene Endnotes Updated bibliography Index and key to bibliography
Preface to 1976 edn
Preface to 1989 edn
1 Why are people?
2 The replicators
3 Immortal coils
4 The gene machine
5 Aggression: stability and the selfish machine
6 Genesmanship
7 Family planning
8 Battle of the generations
9 Battle of the sexes
10 You scratch my back, I'll ride on yours
11 Memes: the new replicators
12 Nice guys finish first
13 The long reach of the gene Endnotes Updated bibliography Index and key to bibliography

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