While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Richard Dawkins books.
- The God Delusion (2008)
- The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science) (2016)
- The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True (2012)
- The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2010)
- The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design (2015)
- The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution (2016)
- The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science) (2016)
- The True Nature Of Human Nature: The Symbiotic Parasite Known As Religion (2019)
- River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (Science Masters Series) (1996)
- Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life (2019)
- Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (2000)
The God Delusion (2008)
A preeminent scientist — and the world’s most prominent atheist — asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers.
The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science) (2016)
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene’s eye view of evolution – a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication.
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True (2012)
Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe?
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2010)
Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene.
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design (2015)
Richard Dawkins’s classic remains the definitive argument for our modern understanding of evolution.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.
The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution (2016)
The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dawkins's Tale takes us modern humans back through four billion years of life on our planet. As the pilgrimage progresses, we join with other organisms at the forty "rendezvous points" where we find a common ancestor.
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science) (2016)
In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins crystallized the gene’s eye view of evolution developed by W.D. Hamilton and others. The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, The Extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection; but it did much more besides.
The True Nature Of Human Nature: The Symbiotic Parasite Known As Religion (2019)
•”Prove to me that God does not exist.”•”God has designed every being to be this way. Evolution is a farce.”•”God’s existence is proven by the Bible.”•”Hitler and Stalin were Atheists and look at what happened!”These are but a few of the comments you may hear from people who have faith in a god.
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (Science Masters Series) (1996)
How did the replication bomb we call ”life” begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as ”the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius”), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery.
Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life (2019)
A former atheist, Alister McGrath has established a reputation as one of the leading apologists for Christianity, as well as one of the world’s most respected Christian theologians. His many books include a new highly acclaimed biography of C. S. Lewis, a series of market-leading textbooks in Christian theology, and some best-selling books engaging with the ‘New Atheism’.
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (2000)
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.
Best Richard Dawkins Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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Philosophical and Scientific Analysis of Richard Dawkins' God Delusion
Author(s): Dr Omer Farooq Saeed
ID: 3014556, Publisher: Auraq Publications, Year: 2021, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf
Books Do Furnish a Life: Reading and Writing Science
Author(s): Richard Dawkins
ID: 3097081, Publisher: Bantam Press, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
The Four Horsemen, The Conversation: That Sparked an Atheist Revolution
Author(s): Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett
ID: 2352291, Publisher: Random House Digital, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf
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