Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Blind Watchmaker

There is such a wide variety of books available (English and Marathi) that I very rarely read the same book twice. The only books that I remember reading twice are ‘Fountainhead - Ayn Rand’, ‘Batatyachi Chaal - Pu la Deshpande’, ‘Vapurza - Va pu Kale’, ‘Cheaper by the dozen - Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr.’ and ‘Selfish Genes - Richard Dawkins’.

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and in the book 'The blind watchmaker' he explains the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. It needs skill to express the knowledge you have in a way even a layman understands. The beauty of his books is of course the content and the simple language/examples that he uses. The Blind Watchmaker is a great read (and for that matter Selfish Genes too), it is a reminder of the elegance and simplicity of evolution, the only rational explanation there is for the unimaginable diversity of life on Earth. Definitely something I would want to read one more time...

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