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The "Origin" Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the "Origin of Species"

by David N. Reznick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691152578

ISBN-13: 9780691152578

Pub. Date: 11/06/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Charles Darwin's Origin of Species is one of the most widely cited books in modern science. Yet tackling this classic can be daunting for students and general readers alike because of Darwin's Victorian prose and the complexity and scope of his ideas. The "Origin" Then and Now is a unique guide to Darwin's masterwork, making it accessible to a much

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Charles Darwin's Origin of Species is one of the most widely cited books in modern science. Yet tackling this classic can be daunting for students and general readers alike because of Darwin's Victorian prose and the complexity and scope of his ideas. The "Origin" Then and Now is a unique guide to Darwin's masterwork, making it accessible to a much wider audience by deconstructing and reorganizing the Origin in a way that allows for a clear explanation of its key concepts. The Origin is examined within the historical context in which it was written, and modern examples are used to reveal how this work remains a relevant and living document for today.

In this eye-opening and accessible guide, David Reznick shows how many peculiarities of the Origin can be explained by the state of science in 1859, helping readers to grasp the true scope of Darwin's departure from the mainstream thinking of his day. He reconciles Darwin's concept of species with our current concept, which has advanced in important ways since Darwin first wrote the Origin, and he demonstrates why Darwin's theory unifies the biological sciences under a single conceptual framework much as Newton did for physics. Drawing liberally from the facsimile of the first edition of the Origin, Reznick enables readers to follow along as Darwin develops his ideas.

The "Origin" Then and Now is an indispensable primer for anyone seeking to understand Darwin's Origin of Species and the ways it has shaped the modern study of evolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691152578
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2011
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
998,477
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.08(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species 3

Michael Ruse

Part One: Natural Selection

Chapter 1: Preamble to Natural Selection 29

Chapter 2: Variation under Domestication 38

Chapter 3: Variation under Nature I 56

Chapter 4: The Struggle for Existence 66

Chapter 5: Natural Selection I 77

Chapter 6: Laws of Variation 102

Chapter 7: E volution Today: A Modern Perspective on Natural Selection 119

Part Two: Speciation

Chapter 8: Preamble to Speciation 137

Chapter 9: Variation under Nature II 152

Chapter 10: Natural Selection II 164

Chapter 11: Hybridism 190

Chapter 12: E volution Today: The Mosquitoes of the London Underground 205

Part Three: Theory

Chapter 13: Preamble: What Is a Theory? 219

Chapter 14: Difficulties on Theory 227

Chapter 15: Instinct 250

Chapter 16: Geology I: Background 264

Chapter 17: Geology II: On the Imperfection of the Geological Record 275

Chapter 18: Geology III: On the Geological Succession of Organic Beings 288

Chapter 19: Geology IV: Evolution Today 301

Chapter 20: Geographical Distribution 314

Chapter 21: Geographical Distribution, Continued 331

Chapter 22: Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology: Embryology: Rudimentary Organs 346

Chapter 23: Recapitulation and Conclusion 381

Chapter 24: E volution Today: The Witness Has Been Found, Again and Again 401

Illustration Credits 417

Index 419

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