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Climbing Mount Improbable

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The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely, one might believe, its current shape and function must be the product of design. How could such an intricate object have come about by chance? Tackling this subject--in writing that the called "a masterpiece"--Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on earth. The metaphor of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly "designed" complexity of living things. Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain's passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time. Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins's eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the teeming populations of figs, the intricate silken world of spiders, and the evolution of wings on the bodies of flightless animals. And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. is a book of great impact and skill, written by the most prominent Darwinian of our age.

Synopsis:

A brilliant book celebrating improbability as the engine that drives life, by the acclaimed author of and .

Synopsis:

In a brilliant book that celebrates improbability, the acclaimed author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The Blind Watchmaker" builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on Earth. "Without question, Richard Dawkins is the most brilliant and compelling propagandist of Darwin today".--"Wired". Photos and drawings.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-331) and index.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is the author of The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Devil's Chaplain, and The Ancestor's Tale.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393316827
Author:
Dawkins, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Illustrator:
Ward, Lalla
Author:
Ward, Lalla
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Adaptation (biology)
Subject:
Evolutionary genetics
Subject:
Anatomy, comparative
Subject:
Morphogenesis
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
Science General-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.16x5.54x.89 in. .71 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393316827 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A brilliant book celebrating improbability as the engine that drives life, by the acclaimed author of and .
"Synopsis" by , In a brilliant book that celebrates improbability, the acclaimed author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The Blind Watchmaker" builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on Earth. "Without question, Richard Dawkins is the most brilliant and compelling propagandist of Darwin today".--"Wired". Photos and drawings.
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