First Lines: The Greatest Show on Earth

What choice did biologist Richard Dawkins have but to release a book presenting the evidence for evolution in this Darwin year? The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is that book.

As you should know by now, evolution by natural selection is for all intents and purposes a scientific fact. Which is to say that the amount of undisputed evidence for the theory of evolution is so overwhelming that you can say that all living organisms on Earth did evolve from a common ancestor millions upon millions ago with the same confidence with which you can predict that on Earth objects will fall towards the ground under the influence of gravity. This book explains why this is so.

Would I recommend it to anyone interested in evolution? I don’t know. I’m not an expert and there may be better books on the subject. Even so, I would certainly not recommend it to someone who doubts evolution as I suspect that Dawkins’ criticism of creationists (which I can understand) will distract them from what the book is supposed to be about: the evidence for evolution.

Book read
Richard Dawkins — The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
First line
The evidence for evolution grows by the day, and has never been stronger.