The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

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The writing is so clear - and importantly, not at all constrictive or proscriptive - that it allows us to extrapolate to the nature of mankind, where humans have evolved to breach the rules of evolution...It certainly looks a book to prize and cherish. But those choosing to read it will find it actually a very readable book.
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Met with instant controversy upon its 19th century publication, Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" detailed the theory of evolution and natural selection, and revolutionized the way humans think of themselves, their past, other animals and the planet. Although it remains one of the most influential scientific texts in history, Darwin's presentation is intentional readable and accessible as he draws on his experiences on board the H.M.S. Beagle to articulate his theory.

 

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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.
 
Published November 13, 2008 by Oxford University Press. 432 pages
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Reviewed by John Lloyd on Dec 10 2009

The writing is so clear - and importantly, not at all constrictive or proscriptive - that it allows us to extrapolate to the nature of mankind, where humans have evolved to breach the rules of evolution...It certainly looks a book to prize and cherish. But those choosing to read it will find it actually a very readable book.

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Reviewed by John Lynch on Mar 06 2009

David Quammen has produced a very nice edition of Origin that relies on the first edition for its text...while simultaneous profusely illustrating it with period illustrations...All-in-all this is an excellent way for the Darwin neophyte to experience Origin and get some nice background into Darwin?s life and time. Highly recommended!

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