Synopses & Reviews
This is a revised edition with a new afterword by Daniel Dennett. The Extended Phenotype carries on from where The Selfish Gene takes off. It is a fascinating look at the evolution of life and natural selection. Dawkins's theory is that individual organisms are replicators that have extended phenotypic effects on society and the world at large, thus our genes have the ability to manipulate other individuals. A worldwide bestseller, this book has become a classic in popular science writing.
About the Author
is the first holder of Oxford's newly endowed Charles Simonyi Professorship of Public Understanding of Science. Born in Nairobi of British parents, Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford and did his doctorate under the Nobel-prizewinning ethologist Niko Tinbergen. From 196769 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, then he returned to Oxford as University Lecturer (later Reader) and a Fellow of New College, before taking up his present position in 1995.
Richard Dawkins's bestselling books have played a significant role in the renaissance of science book publishing for a general audience. The Selfish Gene (1976; second edition 1989) was followed by The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), and Unweaving the Rainbow (1998). He has won many literary and scientific awards.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
1. Commercial Significance of Plants: History and Pointers to the Future
2. The Energy Content of Crops
3. Can In Vivo Photosynthesis Be Modified?
4. Energy Losses by Photorespiration
5. Energy Losses by the Plant in Rhizodeposition
6. Chemical Manipulation of Standing Crops
7. Chemical Extractives and Exudates from Trees
8. Bulk Chemicals from Plants Starch and Starch-Derived Products
9. Polysaccharide Synthesis: Implications for Industry
10. Gelling Agents
11. Fuel Oils from Higher Plants