Dear Prof. Dawkins,
I remember reading the Selfish Gene many, many years ago. I was in search for a problem to solve for my thesis. I thought my chosen field — applied mathematics — was teetering dangerously on the abyss of pure mathematics and was desperately looking for something useful in ANY field! I read your wonderful work and thought, ‘Damn, I should have read genetics.’ I did, eventually, find a problem to solve; it was quite unremarkable.
Nowadays, I recommend The Selfish Gene to any student looking for help! I always keep a few copies handy to lend to them. I was pointed towards your website by one of them.
I write this to share, with your readers, the advice I give my students: You might be a mathematician, but you must read about evolutionary biology. Probability theory, set theory, and combinatronics are all tangible beasts within this beautiful science.
Thank you for inspiring us.
A. K. Ray