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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

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By: Richard Dawkins

332 pages, Illus

W.W. Norton & Co.

Paperback | 40th Anniversary Edition | Feb 2016 | #226527 | ISBN-13: 9780393351491
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Paperback | Oct 2005 | #30776 | ISBN: 0140144811
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Paperback | Jan 1990 | #4271 | ISBN: 0140080562
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Paperback | 30th Anniverary Edition | Apr 2006 | #160134 | ISBN: 0141026162
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Hardback | Dec 1986 | #2156 | ISBN: 0582446945
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About this book

The Blind Watchmaker is the seminal text for understanding evolution today. In the eighteenth century, theologian William Paley developed a famous metaphor for creationism: that of the skilled watchmaker. In The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins crafts an elegant riposte to show that the complex process of Darwinian natural selection is unconscious and automatic. If natural selection can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is a blind one – working without foresight or purpose.

In an eloquent, uniquely persuasive account of the theory of natural selection, Dawkins illustrates how simple organisms slowly change over time to create a world of enormous complexity, diversity, and beauty.


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Biography

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is the author of The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, and many other books.

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