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On the Origin of Species [Kindle Edition]

Charles Darwin
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On the Origin of Species is a book that changed the way we think about the development of life on earth.

The author's controversial theory of natural selection, or survival of the fittest, would make him internationally famous and ut the issue of evolution at the centre of a fierce debate which still rages some 150 years after the book's first publication.

Complementing the text are over 100 delicately detailed and informative contemporary illustrations, many of them relating to the discoveries Darwin made during the second voyage of the research ship, H.M.S. Beagle. The text used for this edition was the last to be published during Darwin's lifetime and is considered to be the definitive version.

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Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.

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Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury in 1809 and was educated at Shrewsbury School, Edinburgh University and Christ's College Cambridge. He took his degree in 1831 and in the same year embarked on a five-year voyage on HMS Beagle as a companion to the captain; the purpose of the voyage was to chart the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and to carry a chain of chronometric readings round the world.

While he was away some of his letters on scientific matters were privately published, and on his return he at once took his place among the leading men of science. In 1839 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Most of the rest of his life was occupied in publishing the findings of the voyage and in documenting his theory of the transmutation of species. On the origin of species by means of natural selection appeared in 1859.

Darwin spent many years with his wife - his cousin Emma Wedgwood, whom he had married in 1839 - and their children at Down House in Kent. He died in 1882, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a download. 5 Nov 2011
By kindler
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A fantastic, detailed book discussing scientific theories in a very easy to read, civilian way. Diagrams would have been helpful but are not essential. Lots of interesting facts and ideas. Glad I downloaded it - it's one of those books that you make reference to without ever reading. The Kindle Top 100 Free list is very good for reading those sorts of books!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first edition 28 Oct 2011
By KeRoMa
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Just to note that this appears to be a copy of the first edition of The Origin of Species, published by John Murray in 1859. Darwin apparently fiddled with later editions. So, it would seem that this is the edition to read.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 16 Sep 2010
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fantastic book, a little hard to read at times due to the 19th century English used also lacks diagrams that are refereed to in great detail making it hard to follow some chapters

But all that been said a insightful read and the grandad of all evolution books

(edited date ooops typo) :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it says 3 Feb 2014
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It is what it says the origin of species by means of natural selection. I used this when doing some science work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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An insightful and thoroughly enjoyable read - amazing to think this was done in an era where the most powerful scientific devices were the human brain, patience and careful / meticulous observation of the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 9 July 2014
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Classic book, fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Free Kindle book not yet read 22 Jun 2014
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I haven't read this Kindle book yet but I'm assuming it will be really interesting. I downloaded it to my Kindle as it was a free book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that changed the world 30 May 2014
By teatime
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Surprisingly enjoyable read, not dry at all. Darwin new how to write a book. You should also check out his other book "Voyage Of The Beagle".
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading.
I've known about this book and its importance for 30 years. Finally read it and the argument is still valid and correct. Read more
Published 3 months ago by steven@svincent.demon.co.uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard read but fascinating
If you're expecting a rollicking good read with great writing, skip a century and get Dawkin's books instead. As a fan of evolution and science history, this is a must. Read more
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Published 7 months ago by N. M. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
I liked it very much however he did write with a double negative on occassions which was a bit confusing.
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Published 7 months ago by graham powell
4.0 out of 5 stars what a brilliant mind he was gifted with
Charles Darwin, what a brilliant mind he was gifted with, the observations he made and the conclusions he drew are so profound, then, now and presumably in the future.
Published 8 months ago by Samuelone
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
this is a really good read, it it is enjoyable and has alot of information, it is a really good book
Published 8 months ago by Charliee
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did we come from?
The original and authentic work by Charles Darwin.

Without his research we would still be thinking we came from Adam and Eve. Fascinating!
Published 8 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - science at its best
One of the best science books and one that everyone ought to read at least once. What more can I say?
Published 9 months ago by Mr. P. Neilson
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