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In 1976 Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene caused a seismic shift in our understanding of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution and was called “The best work of popular science ever written” by the New York Review of Books. Then in 2006, Dawkins wrote The God Delusion, transforming the world’s cultural and intellectual landscape once again with this takedown of religious faith.
Science in the Soul is a carefully curated collection of forty-two pieces of Dawkins' shorter work, focused on what science is and how it is done, the inexhaustible wonders of nature, the importance of critical thinking, and the great minds who have changed his life -- including Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, and Christopher Hitchens. The clarity of thought, felicity of expression, serious engagement and sober confidence in rationality that have made so many of his books bestsellers are on full display in these essays, showing Dawkins, again, to be an ingenious maker of connections and the fearless assassin of sacred cows.
Richard Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the acclaimed author of many books including The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, The Magic of Reality, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, and The Greatest Show on Earth. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award (1987), The Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society (1990), the Kistler Prize (2001), the Shakespeare Prize (2005), the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2006), the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007), and, most valuable of all, the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.