The Selfish Gene

Author: Richard Dawkins

Genre: Popular Science

What could make this book be voted (Royal Society, 2017) the most influential scientific book of all time? Even ahead of Darwin’s Origin of Species and Newton’s Principia Mathematica. It is its central ground breaking theme: We usually see organisms like humans as the unit of survival and using genes to propagate our species. But this book, written in 1976 (the year I was born!), forcefully argues that genes use (create, maintain) us to make more genes of the same type. “They created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale of our existence… we are their survival machines.” Hence the title, The Selfish Gene.