It is a particularly difficult task to write a book interesting for both, the scientific community and the layman. It is also thorny to write a completely scientific, and therefore unreligious, account of the origin of life for the great public without being attacked by blinded folks. However, Dawkins is not only a great scientist but also a great writer. The Blind Watchmaker explains Darwin theory with complete clarity and at the same time keeps the attention of the reader as high as if you were reading a novel. You want to know what comes next. This is particularly true for the first part of the book, where the modern understanding of Darwin theory is developed, using the advances of genetics and biology. The second half of the book develops more slowly, sometimes taking too much time –at least for the layman- answering competing theories. Although the book can perfectly be read independently, for a broader comprehension of the deep meaning of it, it may be useful to have read The Selfish Gene before. A highly recommended book for intelligent and open minded people who want to know more about the origin of life.
20 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?