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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. A new anthology of essays and previously published and unpublished work by the brilliant evolutionary biologist, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Science in the Soul is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and glory of science: the wonder of scientific discovery; the practical necessity of scientific endeavour to society; and the importance of the scientific way of thinking – particularly in today’s ‘post-truth’ world.
With an introduction and new commentary by the author in dialogue with himself across the years, the essays, journalism, lectures and letters gathered here range over subjects from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one.
A sparkling showcase for his rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy, Science in the Soul is further evidence of Richard Dawkins’ status as one of science’s all-time great communicators.


[Dawkins] is a thunderously gifted science writer

Oliver Moody, The Times

One of the best non-fiction writers alive today

Steven Pinker

The illumination of Dawkins’ incisive thinking on the intellectual world extends far beyond biology. What a treat to see so clearly how matter and meaning fit together, from fiction to philosophy to molecular biology, all in one unified vision!’ Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett

In this golden age of enlightened science writing it is stunning that no scientist has ever won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pulitzer Prizes, yes, but it is time literature's highest award be granted to a scientist whose writings have changed not just science but society. No living scientist is more deserving of such recognition than Richard Dawkins, whose every book reflects his literary genius and scientific substance. Science in the Soul is the perfect embodiment of Nobel quality literature."

Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine, columnist Scientific American, author The Moral Arc and Heavens on Earth

I thank Thor and Zeus that in their infinite wisdom they chose to make the great wordsmith of our age a great rationalist and vice versa.

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything

A writer of tremendous clarity and force...in full polemical flight, Dawkins is a marvel.

Kevin Powers, Sunday Business Post

Now, more than ever, public intellectual scientists like Dawkins are needed to counter the forces of faith, fiction, and farce dominating our so-called “post-fact” society. The Oxford University professor is the embodiment of the concept of the public intellectual

Iain Ellis, www.popmatters.com

This Dawkins is a dangerous guy. Like Marx. Or Darwin.

W. Daniel Hillis

The most influential man of reason…intellectually rigorous to a fault.

Oliver Thring, Sunday Times News Review

With his latest book, ‘Science in the Soul’, Richard Dawkins continues the legacy of Carl Sagan, though of course, in a more combative mode... Richard Dawkins is one of the best science popularisers of our times. He is also an eminent evolutionary biologist... All the articles in this compilation are ultimately soul-elevating in the sense that they emphasise the importance of reason and spirit of science in approaching many of the problems which we may think as being outside the realm of science or domains where inducing a hostility to a scientific approach is possible.... Dawkins is an extraordinarily talented author and persuader ...Dawkins also comes across in this collection of essays as a warm rational scientist who is interestingly so open to the innocent human fascination for the grandeur of nature.

Aravindan Neelakandan, Swarajya Magazine

Dawkins at his most delicious. These are some of the finest treasures of non-fiction you'll find anywhere

Derren Brown

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    June 19, 2017

    Bantam Press

    448 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • Hardback


    June 15, 2017

    Bantam Press

    448 pages

    RRP $50.00

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Also by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion
Brief Candle in the Dark
An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
The Magic of Reality
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Blind Watchmaker
Climbing Mount Improbable
Unweaving The Rainbow


A Short History of Nearly Everything
Ask an Astronaut
The God Delusion
The Inner Life of Animals
Guns, Germs And Steel
The Grand Design
The Power of Habit
I Contain Multitudes
A Crack in Creation
Storm in a Teacup
The Gene
Life on the Edge
The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize (New Edition)
The Knowledge
The Science Of Discworld II