Tuesday, February 19, 2013

[Book Review] The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins

Rating: 3/5
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science
Book Review:

        I have never know that there are so much about evolution. What I know is just ‘only the strongest will survive’. Apparently Charles Darwin discovered so much more.
This book is about evolution. It gives so much information, yet the writing style is more like non-fiction, rather than textbook. The book isn’t just about evolution. There are several side stories such as lifestyle of animals and mathematics. I especially like when the author breaks the mathematics down to something digestible. For example, it takes around 10,000 million years, if you use the fastest computer in the world to find all possible classification of 20 animals. 
I’ve got the audiobook version narrated by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. This is an interesting where there are two people take turn narrating the book. It’s enjoyable and fun. The only problem that I have is that there are a lot of information to digest. If you do not like science, you may not like this book. But if you do (like I do), you will like it.

Take Aways
  • Physics is a study of simple things, but Biology is a study of complicated things. 
  • Evolution proceeds by slowly accumulating changes.
  • Mutation is a construction process but natural selection is a destruction process. 
  • Genetic is a great information preservation system. It copies the information from one generation to the next for thousands of years for billion people without error. 
Table of Contents 
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Explaining the very improbable (12.22)
  • Chapter 2: Good design (1.08.13)
  • Chapter 3: Accumulating small change (2.09.41)
  • Chapter 4: Making tracks through animal space (3.16.45)
  • Chapter 5: The power of the archives (4.54.56)
  • Chapter 6: Origins and miracles (0.00.09)
  • Chapter 7: Constructive evolution (1.24.44)
  • Chapter 8: Explosions and spirals (2.40.10)
  • Chapter 9: Puncturing punctuationism (3.56.06)
  • Chapter 10: The one true tree of life (5.25.03)
  • Chapter 11: Doomed rivals (6.49.19)
Book or Audiobooks?

Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].

There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.
About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

1 comment:

  1. Evolution: There was nothing, and it exploded. Yeah sure. If you actually read Dawkins' book, he says marble statues could wave at us. It could happen. In theory, a cow could jump over the moon too. Chapter 6 (origins & miracles, page 159). Joke.