The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

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In The Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply-held beliefs of the Western world. Arguing for a material, not divine, origin of species, he showed that new species are achieved by "natural selection." The Origin communicates the enthusiasm of original thinking in an open, descriptive style, and Darwin's emphasis on the value of diversity speaks more strongly now than ever. As well as a stimulating introduction and detailed notes, this edition offers a register of the many writers referred to by Darwin in the text.
Publisher: New York : Gramercy Books, 1979.
ISBN: 9780517123201
Branch Call Number: 576.82 Dar
Characteristics: ix, 459 pages, 26 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: On the origin of species.


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Oct 14, 2019

This comprehensively written book thoughtfully reintroduces the curios-minded reader to Darwin's often-debated theory of evolution among the diversity of life upon Earth.

Generously illustrated with more than 300 images (including historical photos and portraits) - "The Origins of Species" is a well-rounded summary of Darwin's deductions, the places where he traveled, the people he saw, and the creatures that he encountered throughout his busy lifetime (1809-1882).

Yes. This book of science is certainly worth checking out.

Sep 29, 2019

At 540 pages - This "Origin Of Species" book, pretty much, covers just about everything that any layperson would want to know about Charles Darwin's theories of evolution.

Along with the informative text (written in an easy-to-understand fashion) - This hefty-sized volume is also generously illustrated with more than 350 visuals to help the reader better comprehend what conclusive evidence Darwin's probing investigations revealed about life on Earth.

May 14, 2015

One of the greatest books in the history of science, in good company with
“De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) 1543
by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) . . . . .
“Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) 1687
by Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP 1642-1726 . . . . .
“Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” (Dialogo dei due massimi sistemi del mondo)
by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
all the more remarkable considering Darwin did not know about genetics.
In their rage against Darwin, creationists overlook Alfred Russell Wallace, OM, FRS (1823-1913), co-discoverer of natural selection.

Sep 01, 2014

I do not agree with ropeacowboy, Darwin did not give ''irrefutable proof'' to back up his claims. Darwin definitely did very well in discussing adaption/natural selection however just because organisms change to suite their environment does not mean that organisms totally transform into different kinds of organisms.

Aug 31, 2014

I did not find this book very scientific, Darwin definitely had quite a bit of knowledge on adaption, but adaption has been affirmed by scientists long before Darwin wrote about it. Since adaption is simply when an animal changes to match the environment, there isn't really any proof to affirm that evolution (that is macro-evolution) has actually occurred. I highly recommend _Evolution Impossible_ by Dr. John F. Ashton and _The Ultimate Proof of Creation_ by Dr. Jason Lisle. Keep researching!
If Darwin were here right now I would ask him this question: how do we know that natural procceses will work in the future as they have in the past?

Dec 14, 2012

I agree with the Ron@Ottawa that one should avoid the edition with creationist, the revered Pastor Ray "The Banana Man" Comfort, the "but I think that one is
"The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition"
published by Bridge-Logos Foundation; Anniversary edition in 2009
ISBN-10: 0882709194 ISBN-13: 978-0882709192. .
and, here is an article about that disreputable edition:
“Ray Comfort Tries to Sneak Creationism into On the Origin of Species”
also recommended:
"The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution"

Oct 10, 2012

There are so many versions of this book that it is confusing. This particular one is one big, heavy books, with many illustrations. So if you just want to read the text this is not for you. However, if you have the time and want to thumb through many glossy pages filled with photos and graphs, this one is it. It also has some excerpts from Darwin's diary when he was traveling in the tall ship.

Aug 27, 2011

Charles Darwin is very persuasive, so if you a firm believer of God, I strongly suggest to steer clear, because it sort of blows up the whole divine question.

This author uses irrefutable proof to back up his theory, and the evidence is quite fascinating. You will learn something from this book, if if you already believe in evolution.

His example are broad. Don't forget, this is from a man who practically traveled the world documenting species. Read through the redundant parts with respect this is his life's work in the palm of your hand.

Also remember the time period in which this book was written. This was before genetic research and DNA were discovered. This is before hybridism was broadly understood. His work is outstanding for his time.

Keep in mind that he is still restricted to the technology of his time. Read his words and have the satisfaction of filling in the holes mentally with modern evidence, completing his theory.

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