The Origin of Species / Edition 1

The Origin of Species / Edition 1

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by Charles Darwin
     
 

Since its publication in 1859, The Origin of Species has been the focal point of debate. Darwin's analysis of flora and fauna calls into question the long-held concepts of spontaneous generation, divine creation, and the unrelatedness of many species. Instead, he argues for Natural Selection: species survive and evolve in response to environmental conditions

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Since its publication in 1859, The Origin of Species has been the focal point of debate. Darwin's analysis of flora and fauna calls into question the long-held concepts of spontaneous generation, divine creation, and the unrelatedness of many species. Instead, he argues for Natural Selection: species survive and evolve in response to environmental conditions and other circumstances through a process in which those creatures and plants with stronger, more enduring characteristics live to beget more adaptable offspring. It was Darwin's research aboard the H.M.S. Beagle that led to the clash of intellectual titans - religion and science - over the true nature of humankind. Here is the book that started one of the greatest debates of the Western world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879756758
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Series:
Great Minds Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

A highly respected and enthusiastic audiobook narrator, David Case specialized in creating unique and interesting character voices.

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

Table of Contents

Additions and Corrections, to the Sixth Editionxv
Historical Sketchxviii
Introduction1
Chapter I.Variation under Domestication7
Chapter II.Variation under Nature51
Chapter III.Struggle for Existence75
Chapter IV.Natural Selection; or the Survival of the Fittest97
Chapter V.Laws of Variation164
Chapter VI.Difficulties of the Theory207
Chapter VII.Miscellaneous Objections to the Theory of Natural Selection262
Chapter VIII.Instinct319
Chapter IX.Hybridism365
Chapter X.On the Imperfection of the Geological Record412
Chapter XI.On the Geological Succession of Organic Beings453
Chapter XII.Geographical Distribution493
Chapter XIII.Geographical Distribution--continued535
Chapter XIV.Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology: Embryology: Rudimentary Organs566
Chapter XV.Recapitulation and Conclusion631
Glossary of Scientific Terms671
Index687

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