On the Origin of Species

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Harvard University Press, 1964 - Science - 502 pages
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It is now fully recognized that the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859 brought about a revolution in man's attitude toward life and his own place in the universe. This work is rightly regarded as one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. The book remains surprisingly modern in its assertions and is also remarkably accessible to the layman, much more so than recent treatises necessarily encumbered with technical language and professional jargon.

This first edition had a freshness and uncompromising directness that were considerably weakened in later editions, and yet nearly all available reprints of the work are based on the greatly modified sixth edition of 1872. In the only other modern reprinting of the first edition, the pagination was changed, so that it is impossible to give page references to significant passages in the original. Clearly this facsimile reprint of the momentous first edition fills a need for scholars and general readers alike.

  

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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

Contents

On the Origin of Species
1
Causes of Variability Effects of Habit Correlation of Growth
7
CHAPTER II
44
STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE
60
CHAPTER IV
80
CHAPTER V
131
DIFFICULTIES ON THEORY
171
CHAPTER VII
207
CHAPTER X
312
CHAPTER XL
346
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTIONcontinued
383
CHAPTER XIII
411
CHAPTER XIV
459
BIBLIOGRAPHY 49l
491
SUBJECT INDEX 497
497
DIAGRAM OF DIVERGENCE OF TAXA 514
514

CHAPTER VIII
245

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About the author (1964)

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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