The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

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Penguin Books Limited, 1968 - Science - 476 pages
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Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species sold out on the day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England, and, as the Saturday Review noted, the uproar over the book quickly "passed beyond the bounds of the study and lecture-room into the drawing-room and the public street." Yet, after reading it, Darwin's friend and colleague T. H. Huxley had a different reaction: "How extremely stupid not to have thought of that."
Based largely on Darwin's experience as a naturalist while on a five-year voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species. A landmark con-
tribution to philosophical and scientific thought, this edition also includes an introductory historical sketch and a glossary Darwin later added to the original text.
Charles Darwin grew up considered, by his own account,
"a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." A quirk of fate kept him from the career his father had deemed appro-
priate--that of a country parson--when a botanist recommended Darwin for an appointment as a naturalist aboard H.M.S. Beagle from 1831 to 1836. Darwin is also the author of the five-volume work Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle (1839) and The Descent of Man (1871).

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Just thick prose, and nothing all that interesting yet. - Goodreads
This was hard to read. - Goodreads
And his writing style is not concise or easy to follow. - Goodreads
Beautiful insight, and many illustrative examples. - Goodreads
Very difficult to read, however interesting. - Goodreads
He then moves on to explain natural selection. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Walker Starr - Goodreads

Good stuff, but holy crap, this book is why cliff notes were invented. Sooo tedious with the run-on writing style. How many qualifying remarks does a single sentence need?!? But seriously, a good book. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Critical observation plus intuitive generalization of data makes Darwin's ingenuity so remarkably insightful. Read full review

About the author (1968)

Charles Darwin (1809-82) was an evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and ground-breaking On the Origin of Species (1856).

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