The Origin of Species

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Mundus Publishing, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 503 pages
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When on board H.M.S. 'Beagle,' as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent. These facts seemed to me to throw some light on the origin of species—that mystery of mysteries, as it has been called by one of our greatest philosophers. On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it. After five years' work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; these I enlarged in 1844 into a sketch of the conclusions, which then seemed to me probable: from that period to the present day I have steadily pursued the same object. I hope that I may be excused for entering on these personal details, as I give them to show that I have not been hasty in coming to a decision. — Excerpt One of the most famous and influential books of its (or any) time, this is the first comprehensive statement of the theory of natural selection and provides the basic argument of what we think of as Darwinism.
  

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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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