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On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection, 6th Edition
     

On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection, 6th Edition

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by Charles Darwin
 

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Darwin consolidated a lifetime of work in On the Origin of Species, compiling his discoveries from the voyage of the Beagle, his experiments, research and correspondence. He argues for the transmutation of species over time by the process of natural selection. His work laid the foundation of evolutionary biology, though when it was published it caused

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Darwin consolidated a lifetime of work in On the Origin of Species, compiling his discoveries from the voyage of the Beagle, his experiments, research and correspondence. He argues for the transmutation of species over time by the process of natural selection. His work laid the foundation of evolutionary biology, though when it was published it caused tremendous religious and philosophical debates. Darwin's work is still seen by many people to oppose Christian beliefs.

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Publishers Weekly

Originally published in 1859, Darwin's revolutionary idea is revisited in this spirited and profoundly enthralling reading by Professor Richard Dawkins, who in reading Darwin's material aloud manages to rediscover old ideas and unearth some dramatic subtleties in his prose. Dawkins offers a well-pronounced, pitch-perfect delivery and smartly never attempts to turn the reading into a performance from Darwin's point of view. Instead, Dawkins delivers the material from his own context as a modern-day interpreter of the classical work. Dawkins also splendidly adapts this abridgment, leaving out sections of Darwin's original theories that have been discredited by modern science. Dawkins says he believes his alterations are what Darwin himself would have wished for the recording, and the final result is an absolutely astounding glimpse into life as we know it. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

As a milestone not only in the history of science but also in cultural history, On the Origin of Species belongs in every library, high school and above. Nature writer Quammen (The Reluctant Mr. Darwin) offers a gloriously illustrated and richly annotated volume, which testifies to the book's enduring legacy. Throughout the text, relevant sidebars from other of Darwin's writings, including his Autobiography, field notes from the HMS Beagle, and his myriad letters, are presented for their insight. Illustrations include historical images, such as sketches, woodcuts, and portraits of people and places, but also included are contemporary photographs of the flora and fauna that Darwin described. Between the contextual additions and the edifying illustrations, there is no comparable volume. For all libraries.


—Gregg Sapp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781775415374
Publisher:
The Floating Press
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
518 KB

Meet the Author

Dame Gillian Beer is Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. Her Darwin's Plots (1983; second edition 2000) was followed by Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter (1996). More recently she has been working on Carroll's Alice books in the context of nineteenth-century intellectual controversies and a new collection of her essays on literature and science is scheduled for 2008.

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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