The Origin of Species (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 558 pages
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Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XI features the revolutionary work of scientific philosophy from English scientist, naturalist, and geologist CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882). First published in 1859, On the Origin of Species is the seminal work of modern biology, positing the mechanism by which evolution operates... as easily observed even in Darwin's time in the breeding of farm animals, and as confirmed today through numerous lines of scientific inquiry. One of the most important books ever written, it transformed our understanding of the planet and our place on it.
  

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User Review  - Henry - Goodreads

Very interesting to see Darwin describe the original concept of evolution by natural selection. Our perspective has obviously grown much more sophisticated today, as even someone who is very much a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

Darwin's seminal work deals with deeply controversial theological and political ideas and must be read as serious philosophical text. The idea of natural selection implies that people and other ... Read full review

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Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and author best-known for his revolutionary theories on the origin of species, human evolution, and natural selection. A life-long interest in the natural world led Darwin to neglect his medical studies and instead embark on a five-year scientific voyage on the HMS Beagle, where he established his reputation as a geologist and gathered much of the evidence that fuelled his later theories.A prolific writer, Darwin's most famous published works include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. Darwin died in 1882, and in recognition of his contributions to science, is buried in Westminster Abbey along with John Herschel and Isaac Newton.

Dr. Paul Rich is a Harvard alumnus and during college days was chair of the junior common room of his residential college (Dunster) and active in student organizations. He has had a lifelong interest in the history of higher education and was a student at Harvard of the historians of universities Robert Ulich and Frederick Rudolph. His doctoral thesis examined the relationship of education to the development of the Middle East and Arabian Gulf. He is a life member of the education honor society Pi Lamda Theta and of the international education society Phi Beta Delta, of which he is past president.

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