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Why it is always such a joy to read a new book by Richard Dawkins?,
This review is from: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Paperback)
Here is the answer to the question on the headline right away; It is always a pleasure to read Richard Dawkins, as he writes to convey ideas and not to show off his writing skills or the breath of his knowledge, which both are of course formidable. His newest book "The Greatest Show On Earth - The Evidence For Evolution" is again simply a real joy to read.
The sad thing about this book is of course the fact that it was written. Don't get me wrong, but nobody needs to write books about how the theory of gravity is true or as Richard Dawkins points out in his book no Roman scholar needs to write books to prove that Rome really existed and was not invented by scholars later on.
I'm sure that Richard Dawkins would be the happiest man on this planet if he would not have had to write this book; this is as if the evolution would be treated as the theory of gravity or the theory of photosynthesis.
However, as thing stand today a whopping 40 per cent of Americas do claims to prefer the myths of the creationists as the explanation for life on earth. This sad state of affairs has prompted professor Dawkins to pound the keyboard of his dear computer once more in earnest and he really comes off all guns blazing.
Richard Dawkins spends 470 pages to explain why creationists are patently wrong, but he does not do it the seriousness and somberness of a demagogue arguing black as white, but he does it as a man who knows his way around with blindfolded eyes. He can spare a joke there and a lighthearted story or anecdote here to make the journey more pleasurable for the reader.
Richard Dawkins is not a dumb man; I know that there are not many men even among the staunchest supporters of creationism who would dare to suggest such a thing. He is not out to preach, he is just laying out the best parts of the evidence he does know. And believe me; he does know a lot about evolution.
The most important thing for me was that after reading this book I had a feeling that I did really know many new things about such diverse things as molecular biology, physics or the history of science and many other branches of science.
This book is simply packed to the brim with usable and easy to understand knowledge. The hours spent with it do not go to waste even for those of us who like me are already quite comfortable with the idea of evolution. New information has always been the best entertainment for me and this book was really a entertaining reading experience for me.
Richard Dawkins has not written this book to achieve more fame and gain more money, as he has both of those more than he can would ever have wished as a young scientist learning the ropes of the profession. I do think that he has written this book simply to educate and enlighten his readers on a branch of science that is under an attack that is based solely on ideological needs of some proponents of more backward versions of certain religions.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution