Evolutionary biologist discusses his book, The Greatest Show on Earth. Houston, Texas, Wortham Center, October 5, 2010.
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Renowned evolutionary biologist and the author of ten books, Richard Dawkins catapulted to fame with The Selfish Gene in 1976. His blockbuster, The God Delusion (2006), sold over 2 million copies in English alone. It was followed by The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2009), which lays out the case for evolution while launching a fierce counter attack against the proponents of “Intelligent Design.” The book is a fascinating journey through rich layers of evolutionary evidence in the scientific fields of domestication, fossil records, developing embryos, radioactive dating, plate tectonics, molecular genetics, and more. Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and has taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, which includes the most distinguished writers of the U.K., as well as the Royal Society representing the most distinguished scientists. In 2008, Dawkins retired from his position as the Charles Simonyi Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, a post created for Dawkins. He remains a Fellow at New College at Oxford. We are pleased to share the Q&A portion of the event.
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