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Old 07-15-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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Which of Richard Dawkins' science books are worth reading?

I'm rereading The God Delusion, and I'm really enjoying it all over again. It's surprising how much straight science is included in the book, and how lucidly Richard can explain it all. So where should I go next?

One of my friends loves Climbing Mount Improbable, and I know The Selfish Gene is regarded as a classic. The Blind Watchmaker is something of a classic too, right? The rest I really don't know anything about.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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I haven't read them yet, but I believe I would start with "The Selfish Gene" and "The Blind Watchmaker."

I, too, would love to hear from those who have read those.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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I recently read 'The Magic of Reality', which is Dawkins attempt to explain many of his ideas in 'The God Delusion' to kids - I bought it to give to my son but wanted to read it myself first. I actually really enjoyed it. The first chapter I think is a bit complicated for kids - it introduces too many concepts too fast, but once you get past that I found it a compelling read. Lots of fabulous visualisations, particularly in describing evolution (obviously Dawkins strong point). I think it is worth a read for adults.

I admit I have 'The Greatest Show on Earth, -the evidence for evolution' by Dawkins sitting on my bookshelf, but haven't got round to reading it yet (I will though at some point).

If you are interested in science generally, I thoroughly recommend 'Why does E=mc2?" by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, a book as you may guess from the title, that is about physics. The book is written in such a way (in a similar vein to Dawkins) that it is extremely accessible for a layperson to read even if mathematics is not your strong point - in fact as the authors explain, you can skip the maths bits if necessary, but you should still be able to understand the concepts.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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The thing about Dawkins is his fantastic ability to put words together. Just watch some of his YouTube videos, spontaneous or scripted. He could be talking about hot dogs or tying shoes and it would be nice to listen to.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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I admit I have 'The Greatest Show on Earth, -the evidence for evolution' by Dawkins sitting on my bookshelf, but haven't got round to reading it yet (I will though at some point).
Hi. I tried to make you a round TUIT with a graphics program, but it's not translating.

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:26 AM
 
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Hi. I tried to make you a round TUIT with a graphics program, but it's not translating.

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Thanks Joan. I need quite a heap of those for practically every aspect of my life .
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks Joan. I need quite a heap of those for practically every aspect of my life .
lol. Enjoy!
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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I took a look at one of his videos on YouTube.

Where was he when I was growing up?
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