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The number-one Sunday Times best seller.

A fascinating explanation of how evolution works, from the best-selling author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins.

The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and onwards. Dawkins explains that DNA must be thought of as the most sophisticated information system imaginable: 'Life is just bytes and bytes of information,' he writes.

Using this perspective, he describes the mechanisms by which evolution has taken place, gradually but inexorably, over a period of three billion years. It is the story of how evolution happens, rather than a narrative of what has actually happened in evolution. He discusses current views on the process of human evolution, including the idea that we all trace back to a comparatively recent African 'Eve', and speculates that the 'information explosion' that was unleashed on Earth when DNA came into being has almost certainly happened in other places in the universe.

A bite-sized science classic, narrated by the author.

©1995 Richard Dawkins (P)1998 Orion Publishing Group

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Short & Sweet but perfectly formed

It's not the longest of Richard Dawkins books but what lacks in pages makes up for in content. I thought I knew a lot about genes but this book completes the story and frankly it is more awe inspiring then I initially comprehended.

As a long time agnostic I have had to reconsider my stance after reading this as full blown atheism just makes more logical sense.