Darwin on Evolution: The Development of the Theory of Natural Selection / Edition 1

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Designed for use in a broad range of courses in the humanities, Darwin's theory is laid out in a concise general Introduction and followed up in short chapter introductions. Each chapter concludes with an excerpt from Darwin's correspondence, commenting on the work in question, and its significance, impact, and reception. Two short appendixes are included—the first three chapters from Malthus, On Population, which gave Darwin the idea for natural selection and the paper by Wallace that motivated Darwin to abandon the Big Species Book and write Origin of Species.

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Provides a magisterial overview of all of Darwin's ideas in a brief and useful format. This book will become the mainstay of the courses I teach related to Darwin. --Timothy Lenoir, Stanford University

An excellent selection. There is nothing else like it available in print, and the price makes it very attractive for use in courses. . . . overall the editors did a superb job of choosing those excerpts from Darwin's published works and his correspondence and notebooks that will give the reader a sense of the full range of his interests and the substance of his ideas. The editorial remarks are . . . perceptive and directly relevant to the content. --Gene Cittadino, New York University

This is simply an outstanding volume . . . exactly what I was looking for. I especially appreciate the inclusion of the Malthus and Wallace, plus the notebook selections. I don't know of another Darwin anthology that does this. It fills a real need. --Lynn K. Nyhart, University of Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872202856
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Hpc Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Journal of Researches 1
Ch. 2 Darwin's Notebooks 46
Ch. 3 Darwin and Lamarck: Marginalia 82
Ch. 4 1842 Sketch and 1844 Essay 87
Ch. 5 A Monograph of the Sub-Class Cirripedia (1851) 118
Ch. 6 Natural Selection: The Big Species Book (1856-1858) 127
Ch. 7 Abstract of Darwin's Theory Sent to Asa Gray (1857) 152
Ch. 8 On the Origin of Species (1859) 156
Ch. 9 Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication (1868) 216
Ch. 10 The Descent of Man (second edition, 1874) 240
Ch. 11 Flowers and Adaptation 278
Ch. 12 Autobiography 307
App. 1 Selections from Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population 323
App. 2 Alfred Russel Wallace: "On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type" (1858) 335
Darwin's Writings and General Bibliography 346
Indexes 350
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2003

    Cherry-Picking Evolution

    David Kohn and Thomas Glick have compiled an impressive selection of some of Charles Darwin's most important writing. It is clearly organized with insightful introductions by the authors for each section. It is fascinating to peruse key sections of Darwin's original notebooks and watch as he struggles to unravel the thorny knot of that "mystery of mysteries. We get to read an early "sketch" of his theory, from 1842, as he was trying to argue persuasively for his emerging theory. We are walked through the key sections of "The Origin of Species" without having to wade through the entire volume. The best part was that the editors did all of the hard work, picking out the key sections of each of Darwin's most important works so the reader is saved a lot of time. A brilliant compilation. Of course, if you find something that really interests you in one of the chapters, you can follow it up by buying that particular book. A must read for anyone serious in Charles Darwin's thoughts on evolution.

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