The struggle to teach people of evolution and the age of the Earth is akin to the once largely accepted notion: the Earth is at the center of the universe and the cosmos revolves around our pale blue dot. Scientific evidence largely prevails in the latter notion but in the former, bad science continues to make way into public school education and governmental policy.
The Greatest Show on Earth : The Evidence for Evolution, written by famed biologist Sir Richard Dawkins, puts the scientific into lay-persons’ terms. The DNA record and the study of life today are easily grasped. He even makes clear that the fossil record, while not necessary in proving evolution, is an added bonus. It’s really quite beautiful to see how life takes shape. The majority of human experience and existence knew nothing of this fact, how lucky we are.
Unfortunately, Dawkins can tend to drag and tries to make jokes when it really isn’t needed. There’s also some inside-jokes that he takes time explain and reflect upon. The first half/third of the book felt much stronger than the remainder. He is a professor and academic after-all, not to excuse him but this helps to better understand his style. I’d love to read other works on evolution from an array of authors, which I guess should be the point of all learning.