The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is a 2009 book by British biologist Richard Dawkins, which was released on 3 September 2009 in the UK and on 22 September 2009 in the U.S. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416594795/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1416594795&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=856d1c6cf35dc57685c8370c8b024414
It sets out the evidence for biological evolution, and is Dawkins’s 10th book, following his bestselling critique of religion The God Delusion (2006) and The Ancestor’s Tale (2004), which traced human ancestry back to the dawn of life.
Richard Dawkins has written a number of books about evolution, beginning with his first two titles The Selfish Gene (1976) and The Extended Phenotype (1982). These were followed by three books which attempted to clarify some common misunderstandings about evolution. His recent documentary series The Genius of Charles Darwin looks at Darwin’s life and some of the evidence for evolution. Despite these works and others, he felt that there was a ‘missing link’ in that he had never comprehensively addressed the evidence of common descent. Dawkins believed that opposition to evolution at the time of writing the book was as strong as ever, despite overwhelming and still growing evidence for the theory. He wrote the book in his final months as Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science (Marcus du Sautoy now holds the position) and finished it in retirement. He thought that 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth and 150th anniversary of his book On the Origin of Species, was the perfect time for such a work. Other authors have written similar books recently, such as Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True which Dawkins highly recommends.
The book is divided into 13 chapters spanning over 400 pages, and includes an appendix called “The History-Deniers” in the end material.
Only a Theory? (Nature of scientific theory and fallibility)
Dogs, Cows and Cabbages (Artificial Selection)
The Primrose Path to Macro-Evolution
Silence and Slow Time (Discusses the Age of the Earth and the Geological Time Scale)
Before Our Very Eyes (Examples of Evolution Observed)
Missing link? What do you mean, ‘Missing’? (the fossil record)
Missing persons? Missing no longer (Human Evolution)
You did it yourself in nine months (a statement attributed to J. B. S. Haldane; discusses developmental biology)
The ark of the continents (biogeography and plate tectonics)
The tree of cousinship (the tree of life, homology and analogy)
History written all over us (vestigiality and unintelligent design)
Arms races and ‘evolutionary theodicy’ (coevolution and evolutionary arms races)
There is grandeur in this view of life (based on the final passage of On the Origin of Species)