The Selfish Gene is a book on evolutionary biology. The book was written by Richard Dawkins. The author contradicts the theory generated in the 1960’s by biologists, which says that evolution depends on the organism and its group. Through this book the author explains the human aspects of altruism and kindness.
Richard Dawkins has coined many new terms and theories in this book, regarding genes and has completely revolutionised biology through his findings. He gives an example saying that the gene responsible for the fight against the disease improves the chances of its own replication, and also passes on to the newer generations.
With more concepts regarding evolution, genes, altruism The Selfish Gene is a book with new ideas. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2007, and is available in paperback.
- The book provides a different view about evolution using a gene-centric view, and the author states that the genes drive evolution.
- The book has sold over a million copies and has been translated into over 25 different languages.
About the Author
Richard Dawkins, born in 1941, is often considered as the father of evolutionary biology. He first coined the term ‘meme’ in his revolutionary book, The Selfish Gene. He is a renowned ethologist and evolutionary biologist. He taught public understanding of science in Oxford, for over a decade. He has written many books on biology and some of his notable works include The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.