The Evolution Debate, 1813-1870: On the Origin of Species

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Science - 502 pages
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On the Origin of Species caused an uproar when it was first published in 1859. Darwin's theory was that species had evolved from simpler organisms by natural selection acting upon the variability of populations. This view was directly opposed to the doctrine of special creation by God and angered the Church and Victorian public opinion. This volume is a facsimile of one of the original copies sent to the eminent geologist Leonard Horner. The volume also includes sample pages from Darwin's original handwritten manuscript; the exclusive property of the Natural History Museum.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Page
1
CHAPTER I
7
VARIATION UNDER NATURE
44
Bears on natural selectionThe term used in a wide senseGeo
60
CHAPTEE IV
80
Effects of external conditions Use and disuse combined with
131
DIFFICULTIES ON THEOIIY
171
Instincts comparable with habits but different in their origin
207
On the absence of intermediate varieties at the present day
279
On the slow and successive appearance of new species On their
312
Present distribution cannot be accounted for by differences in phy
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GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTIONcontinued
383
MORPHOLOGY
411
CHAPTER XIV
420
Recapitulation qf the difficulties on the theory of Natural Selection
459
INDEX
480

CHAPTEE VIII
245

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About the author (2003)

Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development. Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy. Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

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