Minimalist Richard Dawkins Book Covers Designed With Code

Jun 24, 2016

By Jill Blackmore Evans

This year, Penguin Books was faced with a big challenge: how do you create fresh covers for books that are already hugely popular? Their answer: give every individual copy of the book its own unique, minimalist cover, designed via an evolution-inspired computer program.

Anthropologist, ethologist, and science writer Richard Dawkins is probably best known for his books on atheism—like his 2006 smash hit The God Delusion, in which he argues against the existence of a divine creator. But in addition to making waves as an outspoken atheist, Dawkins has shaken up the field of evolutionary biology with groundbreaking theories on genetics and evolution.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Climbing Mount Improbable, Dawkins’ 1996 book on probability and evolution. It’s also the 30th anniversary of The Blind Watchmaker, his 1986 argument for evolution via natural selection.

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