On the Origin of Species / Edition 2

On the Origin of Species / Edition 2

by Charles Darwin, Gillian Beer
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On the Origin of Species / Edition 2

Origin of Species is still one of the most controversial works of science and it is one of the most outstanding works of science in the 19th century. The studies made by Darwin during the voyage of the HMS Beagle form a large part of the basis for this work.

As early as 1837, Darwin's notes describe the transmutation (evolution) of species. The work on this proceeded in private -- available for discussion with only a few close friends -- for the next twenty-two years. Darwin recognized how controversial it would be once published.

The ideas were presented, along with the parallel concepts by Alfred Wallace, in 1958 and published as the Origin of Species in 1859.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199219223
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 276,069
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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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On the Origin of Species 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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
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!
Anonymous 24 days ago
The Dover edition gives an insight into Darwin and his work leading up to the original text. It further simplifies the text.
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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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