On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection
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On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection

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by Charles Darwin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0486450066

ISBN-13: 9780486450063

Pub. Date: 06/23/2006

Publisher: Dover Publications


"The Origin is one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be a part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. . . . The book will endure in future ages so long as a knowledge of science persists among mankind." — Nature
It took Charles Darwin more than twenty years to publish this book, in part

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"The Origin is one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be a part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. . . . The book will endure in future ages so long as a knowledge of science persists among mankind." — Nature
It took Charles Darwin more than twenty years to publish this book, in part because he realized that it would ignite a firestorm of controversy. On the Origin of Species first appeared in 1859, and it remains a continuing source of conflict to this day. Even among those who reject its ideas, however, the work's impact is undeniable. In science, philosophy, and theology, this is a book that changed the world.
In addition to its status as the focus of a dramatic turning point in scientific thought, On the Origin of Species stands as a remarkably readable study. Carefully reasoned and well-documented in its arguments, the work offers coherent views of natural selection, adaptation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest, and other concepts that form the foundation of modern evolutionary theory. This volume is a reprint of the critically acclaimed first edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486450063
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
06/23/2006
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
173,803
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Dover Edition
Introduction
CHAPTER I. Variation under Domestication.
CHAPTER II. Variation under Nature.
CHAPTER III. Struggle for Existence.
CHAPTER IV. Natural Selection.
CHAPTER V. Laws of Variation.
CHAPTER VI. Difficulties on Theory.
CHAPTER VII. Instinct.
CHAPTER VIII. Hybridism.
CHAPTER IX. On the Imperfection of the Geological Record.
CHAPTER X. On the Geological Succession of Organic Beings.
CHAPTER XI. Geographical Distribution.
CHAPTER XII. Geographical Distribution--continued.
CHAPTER XIII. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology: Embryology: Rudimentary Organs.
CHAPTER XIV. Recapitulation and Conclusion.
Index

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On the Origin of Species 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 39 reviews.
Eksaben More than 1 year ago
On the Origin of Species is Darwin's classic masterpiece, detailing his ideas on his theory of evolution, which is today the backbone of all modern biology. It has created an immense controversy since it's publication, attracting criticism from religious figures who felt threatened by the content. Today we know beyond all reasonable doubt the true account of how we came to be, thanks to one man, one scientist. There is no evidence against evolution. Since it's publication, a great many nobel prizes have been given for work on evolution, and none for creationism. If you can honestly assert that you do not accept the theory of evolution, I must urge you to purchase this book and read it for yourself. If you remain unconvinced, perhaps you are seeing something that the vast majority of scientists do not, and I would urge you to publish peer reviewed work of your reasoning.
Cole Berry-Miller More than 1 year ago
you may think you are right but the origin of life is simply another mystery scientists are looking into. However, the study done by Miller and Urey does prove that amino acids and other organic compounds can be formed by the conditions that Earth was in during its early years. Your entire post is completely stupid though because no where does Darwin say that there is no God, in fact Darwin believed in God. All Darwin wanted to say was that species evolve over time, a statement that has been proven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to at least had a secular college level zoology class to understand the premise of this book. Since the 1960s many imtermediate fossils have been found, many in the ape to human evolutionary line. Look at wolves to dogs. Look at wild oxen to modern domestic bovines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with it all. I hate black people and enyone not like me. Hahahaha!!! Right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I ordered this book, it came up on my Nook as the book "Your Guide to Flatter Abs; Tips That Work." Yes, really. I had to call customer serivice and they were able to eventually send the The Orgin of Species to my Nook. Buyer Beware!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many typos!
Emily_McKee More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to that lunkhead below (conveniently anonymous). Charles was on the right track and the anon lunkhead is in no position to question his scientific expertise. S/he's no doubt an Evangelist or some other offshoot of Christianity trying to debunk the theory of evolution because it doesn't fit his/her belief in the mystical. Shoutout to Davo B!
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This rating is for the ebook format not the book or edition. I dont carry my nook eveywhere. I use the nook app on my phone and tablet the most (nook stays on nightstand) and because the PagePerfect format is for the Nook itself, I cant read this ebook on those devices! This edition of Darwins's book is the best in my opinion. The illustrations are fantastic and it has lots of historical references. I own the paperback version and it is well worn and annotated. Buy this edition....just not this ebook version. Kindle's version is clean and readble across devices (apps).
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This e-book is a copy of one that resulted from the Google book-scanning project, and unfortunately (as is apparently not uncommon with older books, at least) its text is heavily garbled, often featuring obvious errors ranging from incorrect word-replacements or made-up words (a similar free ebook consistently replaced the word "god" with "grod", to name just one rather amusing example of the kind of nonsensical replacement you might see), to just strings, often long ones, of completely random, gibberish characters. While you won't lose any money on this one, it's also not worth wasting your storage space on either, as entire passages are rendered completely unreadable. If you really want to read this historically important work, I would recommend checking out Project Gutenburg for free ebooks of older texts like this, or finding a copy at the library or (if you can spring for it and find it online) B&N a couple years or so ago did a nice illustrated physical (i.e. non-ebook) edition that not only had nice images and good layouts, but also featured extra content that puts Darwin's life and famous journey and book in good historical context. I own a copy of that one and am pretty happy with it. I was really hoping that with a famous and public domain text like this, that I could find a decent free ebook version of it, but if such an edition exists, this one clearly isn't it.
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don't waste your time. go straight to Project Gutenberg and download a well-edited copy free --> http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2009
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