The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

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by Charles Darwin, David Case

ISBN-10: 1400138647

ISBN-13: 9781400138647

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.

Easily the most influential book published in the nineteenth century, The Origin of Species was immediately recognized upon its appearance as a work of the greatest importance. The revolutionary theory of evolution by means of natural selection that the book presented provoked a furious reaction that continues to this day.  See more details below


Easily the most influential book published in the nineteenth century, The Origin of Species was immediately recognized upon its appearance as a work of the greatest importance. The revolutionary theory of evolution by means of natural selection that the book presented provoked a furious reaction that continues to this day.

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Table of Contents

Additions and Corrections, to the Sixth Editionxv
Historical Sketchxviii
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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Darwin's Origin of Species needs no critical review in a forum like this. However, students of Darwinian evolutionary thought should take notice of this $6 clothbound hard cover edition. This is, as far as I can tell, the original 1859 first edition of the Origin. It is also a handy size, perfect for reading in bed, on a plane or on the beach. Why would you want a copy of the 1st edition rather than the author's own later revised editions? Because the 1st is the most honest, naive, and straightforward statement of Darwin's ideas, undiluted by later defensive responses to the heavy criticism of his contemporaries. The 1st edition contains the passage about the bear as ancestor to the whale, which he removed from all later editions because it was a point of scorn and ridicule from the scientific community of the day. Obviously he was wrong in detail (whales evolved from a carnivorous common ancestor with cows, not bears), but as the fossils of Pakistan show, he was precisely right in the broad idea of macroevolutionary change, which was really his point anyway. Another notable difference between the 1st and later editions of The Origin is the term 'survival of the fittest.' Darwin didn't coin the phrase, nor did he use it in the 1st edition, though he added it to later editions. In fact, it was invented by Herbert Spencer in reference to his atrocious ideas of Social Darwinism. And like a weak pawn on a chessboard, the phrase has been the subject of repeated attacks by creationsists for many years (the implication being that it is a circular argument). Though Spencer's arguments may have been circular, Darwin's never are. Nevertheless, the book probably reads better without the reference. There are several nice new omnibus editions of Darwin's important works edited by great modern scientists. I don't know whether those editors chose the 1st edition or not. In any case those are large expensive copies of the book, possibly better suited for library shelves than for sitting down and reading. If you want a copy to read, this Barnes & Noble edition is a great one, especially considering that a mass market paperback costs about 3 dollars more than this edition!
Coda1229 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book for anyone interested in the origins of the current biological theories. It is well written and very convincing, and quite impressive, considering that it was written well before modern genetics provided such voluminous evidence for his conclusions. Have a wonderful day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is slow to read, but very interesting. Darwin and his theory of evolution have been so currupted by modern teaching. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the actual history and the original theory as it was first presented. Take your time and digest this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great piece of work and will give you a better understanding of natural selection. I have heard darwins name mentioned for years in school but they never tell what he said in his own words and how he said them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the great minds among Newton, and Einstein, that history has misbelieved and forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off i didn't read this edition of the book I read 'Origin of Species' a Facsimilie of the original edition. By Charles Darwin which is basically the same book except it is completely unaltered from the original edition. It is an excelent book and gives proof beyond any reasonable doubt that evolution is a fact. But nowhere in this book by Darwin does it say anywhere that Man came from apes. Though the entire theory of evolution suggests it, it isn't anywhere in this book.That information is in another book by Charles Darwin called 'The Descent of man' which mainly deals with sexual selection. What is in the book is a spectactularly written step by step play by play look at why he and his coleagues were lead to believe beyond any doubt that evolution really is the mechanism which nature uses to create new species and get rid of other ones. Darwin gives countless examples from species around the world and explains the overwhelming evidence in support of his theory. The detail given by Darwin far exceeds any found in any text book anywhere on the subject. This is the single best book available anywhere in the world on the subject and a total must read. Some of his explanations are kind of long and the book can get overwhelming and boring from time to time but you have to keep in mind while reading it that it isn't just a book it is a complete scientific explanation of how evolution works , why it works, and the problems with it and other scientific theories. I don't think it was originally published for the layman to read. It is a true scientific work and should be read like one. If you plan on readling this book Plan on reading something that is like a 500 page scientific theory. Don't expect it to be really easy to read because it is not. You wouldn't read through 'Einsteins Theory of Relativity' by Max Borne in a few days and fully understand it. The same goes for this book. Evolution in general is fairly easy to understand in Highschool Biology class but they don't give the kind of detail that Darwin gives. keep that in mind when reading this book. It is fairly easy to understand if you take your time with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pages are all over the place. Some looked like a scanned copy and others looked like regular ebook.
T-Eagle More than 1 year ago
We all know who Darwin was, and many will quote this work without ever reading it in its entirety. I think that everyone should read this amazing book, and you may even gain a new perspective on the world around you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to be used as reference material for my zoology paper. The observations of Charles Darwin have long been pilars of biology as we know it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to do a report on Darwin, and this really helped me understand the stuff he did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darwin's Origin of Species is an excellent book. The ideas immersed within the text are essential to life today. But Darwin is dense and a horrible writer, so this book is a hard read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider Charles Darwin to be among the most important scientific thinkers in history. His theory set the stage for a revolution of thought, and more than a century of continually groundbreaking evidence and exciting revisions. Without Darwin, the majority of us might still be stuck in the primitive, ignorant belief in creationism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
origon of species is a great book on were species came from and how they evoleved into the present day creatures that you see today i recomend that all animal lovers and scientists,bioligists anone that studies or loves or wants to know about the evelution of animals should get this book
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Charles Darwin was a man who was desperate to find a way for the world to work without G-D. Anger from a tragedy produced in Mr. Darwin the notion that G-D does not exist. However Mr. Darwin had no way of knowing of a certain biological feature that, in itself is irrefutable proof of the existence of G-D. DNA it's the death nail in the religion of evolution. DNA it's an encyclopedic volume of information, and information has never and will never come from no information. Meaning that a rock cannot write a poem, or a symphony. Water cannot produce a story, hydrogen cannot write a thesis, gold cannot produce a computer program. Neither could the elements of a so-called primordial earth produce the billions of bits of information that make up DNA from non living, non-intelligent elements that would have made up such a primordial earth. Information can only come from an intelligent being. This by itself proves that the religion of evolution is false. Some will try to claim that the earth was seeded by extraterrestrial beings, that does not resolve the issue, it simply puts it off to a different world. At some point whether human or extraterrestrial, by evolution, something that is not intelligent produced intelligence, which is impossible. This is true of every area of evolution, the creation of energy, matter, the laws that govern the universe, life, and intelligence, noon of these things are capable of coming from nothing. At some point, somewhere in the past a creator created everything that there is in the universe. A being not bound by the laws of the universe, because he exists outside of the universe. That creator is the G-D of the Judeo/Christian religion. There are many reasons why the G-D of the Bible is the ONLY true G-D, but that is a very long explanation that cannot be explained here. The book "Origin of Species" is a poorly written book that purposes to find a way that life exists without the awesome Creator YHWH (the English translation of the unpronounceable name of G-D), who made the entire universe and the earth and all that is in them.
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