The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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With his revolutionary work The Origin of Species Charles Darwin overthrew contemporary beliefs about Divine Providence and the beginnings of life on earth. Written for the general public of the 1850s, it is a rigorously documented but highly readable account of the scientific theory that now lies at the root of our present attitude to the universe. Challenging notions such as the fixity of species with the idea of natural selection, and setting forth the results of pioneering work on the ecology of animals and plants, it made a lasting contribution to philosophical and scientific thought.
 

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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 December 1, 2012 by Wordsworth Editions. 217 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Law & Philosophy, History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Bronn translated "favoured races" as "perfected races", and added essays on issues including the origin of life, as well as a final chapter on religious implications partly inspired by Bronn's adherence to Naturphilosophie.[74] In 1862, Bronn produced a second edition based on the third English e...

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Darwin had long been immersed in the literary forms and practices of specialist science, and made effective use of his skills in structuring arguments.[147] David Quammen has described the book as written in everyday language for a wide audience, but noted that Darwin's literary style was uneven:...

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Baden Powell praised "Mr Darwin's masterly volume [supporting] the grand principle of the self-evolving powers of nature".[195]In America, Asa Gray argued that evolution is the secondary effect, or modus operandi, of the first cause, design,[196] and published a pamphlet defending the book in ter...

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