Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

Scientist and author who first came to prominence with the publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976...

The Selfish Gene catapulted Richard Dawkins to fame, and remains his most famous and widely read work. It was followed by a string of bestselling books: The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale and a collection of his shorter writings A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature.

In February 2006 Channel 4 broadcast two documentaries called The Root of All Evil? written and presented by Richard Dawkins, which explored some of the arguments developed in this book. In The God Delusion, published in 2006, he directs his phenomenal intellect exclusively on the subject of the existence of god, apparently "denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes".

Some well-known writers and scientists have said the following:

"A wonderful book - a passionate and vital advocacy which is also joyous, elegant, fair, engaging, and often very funny, and which is informed throughout by an exhilarating breadth of reference and clarity of thought."

Michael Frayn

"The God Delusion is written with all the clarity and elegance of which Dawkins is a master. It is so well written, in fact, that children deserve to read it as well as adults. It should have a place in every school library, especially in the library of every "faith" school."

Philip Pullman

"This is a brave and important book."

Desmond Morris

Published in 2010, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before. 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.

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Name: Richard Dawkins

Date of birth: 1941

Place of birth: Nairobi, Kenya

Current Home : Oxford

Education: Balliol College, Oxford.

Awards: He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, the Shakespeare Prize in 2005, the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science in 2006 and the Deschner Award in 2007.

Similar Authors: Steven Hawking, Alan Grafen

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The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth

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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...
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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Published: 10/09/2009
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The Greatest Show on Earth (eBook): The Evidence for Evolution

The Greatest Show on Earth (eBook): The Evidence for Evolution

by Richard Dawkins

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The God Delusion

The God Delusion (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

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Published: 21/05/2007
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The God Delusion (eBook)

The God Delusion (eBook)

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Published: 22/09/2009
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The God Delusion

The God Delusion (Audio CD)

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Published: 05/10/2006
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Richard Dawkins in one of the country's most famous scientists. He is also one of our most outspoken critics of religion. In The God Delusion he... Read more

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Climbing Mount Improbable (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

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Published: 06/04/2006
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In "Climbing Mount Improbable", Richard Dawkins, author of "The God Delusion", builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument... Read more

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Climbing Mount Improbable (eBook)

Climbing Mount Improbable (eBook)

by Richard Dawkins

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Published: 06/04/2006
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How could such an intricate object as the human eye - so complex and so precise - have come about by chance? In this masterful piece of popular... Read more

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Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 06/04/2006
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From the bestselling author of "The God Delusion", Richard Dawkins' "Unweaving the Rainbow" explores the most important and... Read more

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Unweaving the Rainbow (eBook): Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Unweaving the Rainbow (eBook): Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

by Richard Dawkins

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Published: 06/04/2006
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A dazzling, passionate polemic against anti-science movements of all kinds. Keats accused Newton of destroying the poetry of the rainbow by... Read more

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A Devil's Chaplain: Selected Writings

A Devil's Chaplain: Selected Writings (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 08/01/2004
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A Devil's Chaplain (eBook): Selected Writings

A Devil's Chaplain (eBook): Selected Writings

by Richard Dawkins

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Published: 25/11/2010
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River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life - Science Masters

River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life - Science Masters (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 20/05/1996
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The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and onwards. Dawkins... Read more

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The Ancestor's Tale: a Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life

The Ancestor's Tale: a Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 704 pages
Published: 01/09/2005
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The Ancestor's Tale (eBook): A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life

The Ancestor's Tale (eBook): A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life

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Published: 25/11/2010
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The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life

The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (Audio CD)

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Published: 15/09/2005
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The Blind Watchmaker (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 06/04/2006
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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 04/03/1999
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By the best selling author of The Selfish Gene 'This entertaining and thought-provoking book is an excellent illustration of why the study of... Read more

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The Selfish Gene (Paperback)

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 16/03/2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new... Read more

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