• La théorie du gène égoïste, c'est la théorie de darwin exprimée autrement.
    Plutôt que de se focaliser sur l'organisme individuel, dawkins adopte le point de vue du gène sur la nature pour démontrer que nous sommes des robots programmés à l'aveugle pour préserver les molécules égoïstes connues sous le nom de gènes. on dit du gène égoïste qu'il est " le livre le plus important écrit sur la théorie de l'évolution depuis darwin ". le fait est que ce livre est devenu en quelques années un classique dont tous les manuels s'inspirent aujourd'hui.
    Et la biologie de devenir aussi excitante qu'un roman d'aventures.

  • Dans une attaque frontale contre la religion et la barbarie qu'elle engendre, Richard Dawkins dénonce « l'illusion de Dieu ». Il estime que l'hypothèse de Dieu doit être analysée avec les mêmes outils rationnels et le même scepticisme que n'importe quelle autre. Il s'attache donc à faire la démonstration de la « probabilité extrêmement faible de son existence ». Amoureux de la nature, le scientifique invite son lecteur à se tourner vers la splendeur du monde réel. Comprendre le monde du vivant, voilà qui, selon l'auteur, devrait permettre d'abandonner toutes les formes de superstition. Et notamment, celles remises au goût du jour par le créationnisme qui sévit dans de nombreux pays, en particulier aux Etats-Unis.

  • Dieu a longtemps servi à pallier les lacunes de notre compréhension de l'univers et du vivant. Émerveillé par la diversité et la complexité de la Nature, l'Homme ne pouvait imaginer ses origines qu'à travers un « grand architecte » (ou un « grand horloger ») régissant les choses selon ses desseins et ses humeurs - d'ailleurs souvent assez proches de celles de ses créatures! Mais, aujourd'hui, la science nous offre des outils bien plus efficaces et bien plus utiles pour appréhender le monde dans lequel nous vivons. L'évolution - et tous les développements de la biologie apparus à la lumière de cette discipline, comme la génétique - nous permet d'expliquer le merveilleux foisonnement de la vie sans plus aucun recours à l'irrationnel. Dans ce livre lumineux et facilement compréhensible par tous, l'éminent biologiste Richard Dawkins explique pourquoi il est temps d'abandonner des croyances dépassées et de s'éveiller à l'esprit critique vis-à-vis des religions (et aussi de la science elle-même quand elle en devient une) afin que l'humanité puisse entrer dans une nouvelle ère.

  • Offers an accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. This book demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?

  • Should we believe in God? In this new book, written for a new generation, the brilliant science writer and author of The God Delusion, explains why we shouldn't.

    Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe? Do we need God in order to be good? In twelve chapters that address some of the most profound questions human beings confront, Dawkins marshals science, philosophy and comparative religion to interrogate the hypocrisies of all the religious systems and explain to readers of all ages how life emerged without a Creator, how evolution works and how our world came into being.

    For anyone hoping to grapple with the meaning of life and what to believe, Outgrowing God is a challenging, thrilling and revelatory read.

  • At a time when science can seem complex and remote, it has a greater impact on our lives, and to the future of our planet, than ever before. It really matters that its discoveries and truths should be clearly and widely communicated. That its enemies, from the malicious to the muddled, the self-deluding to the self-interested, be challenged and exposed. That science should be brought out of the laboratory, taken into the corridors of power and defended in the maelstrom of popular culture. No one does this better than Richard Dawkins. In bringing together his forewords, afterwords and introductions to works by some of the leading thinkers of our age - Carl Sagan, Lawrence Krauss, Jacob Bronowski, Lewis Wolpert - and a selection of his reviews, both admiring and critical, of a wide range of scientific and other works, Books do Furnish a Life celebrates the writers who communicate the ideas of science and the natural world in both fiction and non-fiction. It celebrates the courage of those who write about their experiences of escaping religion and embracing rationality, of protecting the truths of science and analytical rigour against charlatanry and obfuscation.

  • Dans ce nouvel ouvrage consacré à l'évolution, Richard Dawkins ne se contente pas de croiser le fer une fois de plus avec les créationnistes en livrant les preuves scientifiques de la théorie de l'évolution.
    Il nous emmène dans la formidable épopée du vivant, s'émerveillant de la variété de ses formes, de l'ingéniosité de ses inventions et de la beauté de ses accomplissements. Appuyé sur les découvertes des fossiles et leur interprétation, il nous raconte l'histoire des chiens, des vaches et des choux, du raccourcissement récent des défenses des éléphants, des coucous qui éjectent les petits d'autres espèces du nid ou de la mante religieuse qui dévore le mâle lors de l'accouplement...
    Grâce à son fabuleux talent de conteur, il nous explique les mécanismes de l'évolution par le spectacle des merveilles de la nature.

  • Anglais God Delusion

    Richard Dawkins

    The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types.

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Richard Dawkins - author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and The God Delusion - is one of science's greatest communicators. This anthology of more than forty pieces is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and the glory of science.

    Breathtaking, brilliant and passionate, these essays, journalism, lectures and letters make an unanswerable case for the wonder of scientific discovery and its power to stir the imagination; for the practical necessity of scientific endeavour to society; and for the importance of the scientific way of thinking - particularly in today's 'post-truth' world.

    With an introduction and new commentary by the author, subjects range from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one. Alongside the explications, the celebrations and the controversies are wonderfully funny ventures into satire and parody, and moving personal reflections in memory and honour of others.

    Science in the Soul is a sparkling showcase for Professor Dawkins' rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy.

  • BOOKS DO FURNISH A LIFE - AN ELECTRIFYING CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE WRITING Nouv.

    Richard Dawkins is author of The Selfish Gene , voted The Royal Society''s Most Inspiring Science Book of All Time, and also the bestsellers The Blind Watchmaker , Climbing Mount Improbable , The Ancestor''s Tale , The God Delusion , and two volumes of autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder and Brief Candle in the Dark . He is a Fellow of New College, Oxford and both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world''s top thinker in Prospect magazine''s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.>

  • Takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. This title sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects.

  • Embarquons pour un voyage de quatre milliards d'années au cours duquel nous grimperons dans notre arbre généalogique élargi à l'échelle du vivant tout entier...
    Comme dans un conte merveilleux, nous y rencontrons des singes, rongeurs, reptiles, poissons... et jusqu'aux bactéries, qui sont tous nos lointains parents ! Et, afin d'éviter l'écueil de faire de l'être humain le but ultime de l'évolution, l'éminent biologiste britannique a pris le parti de commencer par l'homme et de remonter le temps. Il nous prend par la main tels des pèlerins et nous emmène avec lui dans de merveilleuses découvertes, ponctuées de différents rendez-vous.
    Ce pèlerinage aux sources de la vie s'effectue en quarante étapes qui sont autant d'occasions de faire connaissance avec un aïeul et de préciser le rôle qu'il a joué dans l'histoire de la vie.
    Les premiers pas conduisent vers les plus familiers, les Homo sapiens archaïques, Homo ergaster ou habilis. Nous rencontrons ensuite ces " coancêtres " qui nous intriguent tellement, à la fois ancêtres de l'humanité et des chimpanzés, gorilles, orangs-outans, gibbons.... À la dix-neuvième étape, voici le coelacanthe ; à la vingt-huitième, la méduse... Enfin, voici les fameuses bactéries, premiers êtres vivants sur terre, et ancêtres de tous les autres. Ça rend modeste !
    L'ouvrage de référence sur l'évolution par l'un des spécialistes les plus connus au monde, auteur du best-seller Le Gène égoïste, paru en 1976.
    Génétique, morphologie, traces fossiles... l'ouvrage exploite les données scientifiques les plus récentes pour expliquer l'unité et la diversité du vivant. Très pédagogique, écrit dans un style accessible et plein d'humour auquel la traduction rend hommage, il fait saisir la logique de l'évolution à l'aide de nombreux graphiques, cartes et photos qui éclairent le lecteur sur les multiples adaptations qu'a connues la vie durant quatre milliards d'années.

  • Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, the author was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life? This book tells his personal journey.

  • Magic takes many forms. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality - science.Packed with inspiring explanations of space, time and evolution, laced with humour and clever thought experiments, The Magic of Reality explores a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, inspirational detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist too.Richard Dawkins elucidates the wonders of the natural world to all ages with his inimitable clarity and exuberance in a text that will enlighten and inform for generations to come.

  • Anglais The God Delusion

    Richard Dawkins

    'Timely, impassioned and brilliantly argued' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times'A spirited and exhilarating read' Joan Bakewell, GuardianANNIVERSARY EDITION WITH NEW MATERIAL
    The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children.The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

  • Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity.In The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution.The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.

  • Did Newton "unweave the rainbow" by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended? Did he, in other words, diminish beauty? Far from it, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology. Mysteries don't lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mysteries. With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made him a best-selling author, Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder.
    This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write: a brilliant assessment of what science is (and isn't), a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.

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