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On the Origin of Species, 1859
     

On the Origin of Species, 1859

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by Charles Darwin
 

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On the Origin of Species caused an uproar when it was first published in 1859. Darwin's theory was that species had evolved from simpler organisms by natural selection acting upon the variability of populations. This view was directly opposed to the doctrine of special creation by God and angered the Church and Victorian public opinion. This volume is a

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On the Origin of Species caused an uproar when it was first published in 1859. Darwin's theory was that species had evolved from simpler organisms by natural selection acting upon the variability of populations. This view was directly opposed to the doctrine of special creation by God and angered the Church and Victorian public opinion. This volume is a facsimile of one of the original copies sent to the eminent geologist Leonard Horner. The volume also includes sample pages from Darwin's original handwritten manuscript; the exclusive property of the Natural History Museum.

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ea. vol: New York Univ. Pr. dist. by Columbia Univ. Pr. 1987. index. ref Darwin's continuing interest to general readers and to scholars is evidenced by the popular Beagle series on public television, the current controversy between creationists and ``traditional'' evolutionists, and the publication of a new edition of his works. The publishers claim this to be the first complete edition of all Darwin's published books. Vols. 1-10 appear now; volumes 11-29 are scheduled for 1988. Darwin authorities Paul Barrett and R. B. Freeman of Michigan State and London universities, respectively, edited the collection. A general introduction to the entire set is included in vol. 1, and a general index is planned for vol. 29. Individual volumes contain their own indexes. The text is based on the concept of a ``definitive'' edition. Vols. 1-9 contain all the Beagle writings; vol. 10, The Foundation of the `` Origin of the Species .'' The narrativeand most popularof the Beagle writings, contained in vol. 1, is reprinted from the edition established by Nora Barlow, Darwin's granddaughter, published by Cambridge in 1933. Vols. 2 and 3 contain Darwin's first book, originally published in 1839. Vols. 4-6 cover the mammals, birds, fishes, and amphibians studied on the voyage. The original Latin descriptions are given with translations. Some of these sections were prepared by contemporaries of Darwin, who are given credit. Vols. 7-9 contain the critical introductions written by Professor John Wesley Judd of the Royal School of Mines, London, and published in the Ward Lock, Minerva edition of 1890. Vol. 10 contains two essays written in 1842 and 1844, the former discovered in 1896 after Darwin's death and published with the 1844 essay in 1909. The set is sturdily bound in tasteful dark green cloth with good type and pleasingly wide margins. To have all Darwin's books currently available in a uniform and well-edited collection is a momentous publishing event. Recommended for most academic and large public libraries and other institutions where appropriate. Harry E. Whitmore, formerly Arrowhead Lib. System, Virginia, Minn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134439911
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2004
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
532
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul H. Barrett, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan University.

R. B. Freeman is Emeritus Reader and Honorary Research Fellow, University of London.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 12, 1809
Date of Death:
April 19, 1882
Place of Birth:
Shrewsbury, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
B.A. in Theology, Christ¿s College, Cambridge University, 1831

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On the Origin of Species 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 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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