The View From Mount Improbable (Pocket Penguins) Paperback – 6 May 2005
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Richard Dawkins's first book The Selfish Gene (1976) became an immediate international bestseller. Since then his Penguin bestsellers have included The Blind Watchmaker (1986) and Unweaving the Rainbow (1999). He has won an extraordinary number of awards, prizes and honorary degrees for his work popularising science. In 1970 Richard Dawkins became a Lecturer in Zoology at Oxford Universtiy and a Fellow of New College. In 1995 he became the first Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science.
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Richard Dawkins is the world's pre-eminent evolutionary biologist and is gifted by being able to communicate complicated scientific ideas to the lay person in very clear and lucid language. A high percentage of people worldwide believe the Earth was created over 6 days, 4000 years ago. Very few, if any, of those have ever read Dawkins.
The book is a section of a larger Dawkins book, Climbing Mount Improbable, and tells the story of the evolution of various types of eyes in various species. Dawkins has a nice way of explaining the functions of eyes, mostly using simple analogies with optics. I learned a lot I didn't know about eyes, its mechanisms and how they evolved. If you are interested in the natural world and popular science, this book provides a small insight not only into eyes, but into the excellent Dawkins as a writer himself.