Climbing Mount Improbable

Climbing Mount Improbable

In Climbing Mount Improbable, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument for evolutionary adaptation as the force behind all life on earth.

What drives species to evolve? How can intricate structures such as the human eye, the spider's web or the wings of birds develop, seemingly by chance? Regarding evolution's most complex achievements as peaks on a metaphorical mountain, Climbing Mount Improbable reveals the ways in which the theory of natural selection can precisely explain the beautiful, bizarre and seemingly 'designed' complexity of living things.

And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. Accompanied by evocative illustrations, Dawkins's eloquent descriptions of the living world's astonishing adaptations throw back the curtain on the mysteries of 'Mount Improbable'.

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Title:Climbing Mount Improbable
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141026176
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    Climbing Mount Improbable Reviews

  • Greg

    Part of me feels really dumb reading this, because all I can do is take him at his word and go 'uh-huh, that must be how it's done'. Like what is this other guy who gave the book one star talking abou...

  • Umut Ayhan

    A very difficult read. Including very fragmented chapters, though interesting. ...

  • Eric

    I highly recommend you read any Dawkins book on evolution, if you want the best coherent explanation of the processes of natural selection.According to Wikipedia, Dawkins is "Darwin's Rottweiler". In ...

  • Amy

    After a couple weeks of slowly reading through this one, I gave up and skimmed the last 150 or so pages. This book was not as engaging as Blind Watchmaker or God Delusion, mostly because it's more of ...

  • Aaron Caskey

    Richard Dawkins's condescending arrogance is getting on my nerves so much that I doubt I'll finish this...But I stuck with it and I made it through. Interestingly, when Dick Dawkins is focusing on exp...

  • Becky Black

    I read this book almost by accident. It was a few years ago and I was joining a mail order book club and this was just "need one more for my new member special offers, this looks kind of interesting."...

  • manka

    I come from a family where almost everyone has something against Dawkins. And yet, I somehow won this book. To my surprise it is quite good. Some parts are a little outdated (especially the part about...

  • Andrew Hennessey

    when richard wrote this book about the slow evolutionary plod of the evolving eye up the billion year probability mountain - a guy in the same faculty who he probably saw in the tea room was dr brian ...

  • Natasha

    Too many iffy chapters that were more boring than interesting......

  • Ralph Hermansen

    This book being reviewed is titled, "Climbing Mount Improbable". The author is Richard Dawkins, who just happens to be one of my favorite authors. I read this book years ago, when I developed an inter...