The Origin of Species

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Wordsworth Editions, 1998 - Fiction - 393 pages
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With an Introduction by Jeff Wallace.

'A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die...'.

Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task.

Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, revealing the complex mutual interdependencies between animal and plant life, climate and physical environment, and - by implication - within the human world.

Written for the general reader, in a style which combines the rigour of science with the subtlety of literature, The Origin of Species remains one of the founding documents of the modern age.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Variation under Nature
36
Struggle for Existence
48
Natural Selection
63
Laws of Variation
102
Difficulties on Theory
132
Instinct
159
Hybridism
187
On the Imperfection of the Geological Record
212
Geographical Distribution
262
xu Geographical Distribution continued
290
Recapitulation and Conclusion
346
Opinion on the Origin of Species taken from
370
Glossary taken from the sixth edition
378
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About the author (1998)

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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