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Darwin-L Message Log 3:26 (November 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<3:26>From barryr@ucmp1.Berkeley.EDU  Wed Nov  3 18:30:44 1993

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 93 16:35:38 PST
From: barryr@ucmp1.Berkeley.EDU (Barry Roth)
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: The Selfish Gene

A recent post by Hanna Tuomisto cited the book, The Selfish Gene, by
Richard Dawkins, as an example of a popular book that "seems to have
gotten away with it" -- which I interpret to mean that the book is
well regarded.  I would be interested to hear other opinions on this:
is The Selfish Gene perhaps a particularly good example of sound
scientific writing for a popular audience?  What has been the book's
impact over the (what is it -- 15?) years since its publication?

Barry Roth
Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
barryr@ucmp1.berkeley.edu    Phone: (415) 387-8538

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