Introduction to 30th anniversary edition Preface to 1989 2nd edition Foreword to 1976 1st edition Preface to 1976 1st edition 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 Epilogue to 40th anniversary edition Endnotes Reviews from earlier editions Updated bibliography Index and key to bibliography Extracts from reviews The Extended Phenotype opener 1: Genetic Determinism and Gene Selectionism 2: Constraints on Perfection References
Professor Richard Dawkins is one of the most influential science writers and communicators of our generation. He was the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he held from 1995 until 2008, and is Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford. His bestselling books include The Selfish Gene (1976), The Extended Phenotype (1982) and its sequel The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), A Devil's Chaplain (2004), The Ancestor's Tale (2004), and The God Delusion (2007). He has won many literary and scientific awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize for Human Science, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize, and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest in 2009.
`From the moment of its publication 40 years ago, it has been a sparkling best-seller and a scientific game-changer. ' Matt Ridley, Nature `Review from previous edition The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius.' New York Times This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution. W.D. Hamilton, Science Learned, witty and very well written...Exhilaratingly good. Peter Medawar in The Spectator The exciting theories and their wide implications are explaned with clarity, wit and enthusiasm. Peter Parker, Sunday Times Dawkins demonstrates that complex, theoretical or mathematical ideas can be expressed rigorously, in plain English. The book remains an excellent way for those who have not been trained in evolution to understand modern arguments. Trends in Ecology and Evolution A splendid example of how difficult scientific ideas can be explained by someone who understands them and is willing to take the trouble. The New Yorker the reader will come away with a clear understanding of kin selection, evolutionary stable strategies, and similar staples of the literature on evolutionary theories of animal behaviour. This is a considerable achievement.' Times Higher Education Supplement `Buy this book, read it and recommend it to your students...There is still nothing else quite like it. Not only are the new chapters and endnotes worthy additions to the original, but the 1976 text comes up as fresh as a primrose and, in its way, nearly as perfect.' Animal Behaviour `What is so refreshing about Dawkins is that he has confidence in the scientific method, in the testing of beliefs to destruction, no matter how cherished they may be.' Benjamin Woolley, The Listener 'Scientists give every appearance of being addicts, and science is their vice. That is one reason why progress in science is so rapid. I for one have benefited a great deal from Dawkins's addiction.' David L. Hull, Nature `'It's a classic that's still relevant today.'' Daily Express `Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit... Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology - some of it truly subtle - in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)' H. Allen Orr, New York Review of Books `The Selfish Gene is a classic.' Robin McKie, The Observer `A genuine cultural landmark of our time.' The Independent `Review from previous edition The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius.' New York Times `A splendid edition with a new introduction as well as (importantly) the introductions to the previous editions.' Jonathan Cowie, Concatenation