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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26732 KB
  • Print Length: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus (21 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZ55BBC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
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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
Format:Kindle Edition
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 Sept. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to know for cultural literacy 6 July 2013
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a quick review of the book not a dissertation on Darwin or any other subject loosely related. At first I did not know what to expect. I already read " The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches". I figured the book would be similar. However I found "Origin" to be more complex and detailed.

Taking in account that recent pieces of knowledge were not available to Charles Darwin this book could have been written last week. Having to look from the outside without the knowledge of DNA or Plate Tectonics, he pretty much nailed how the environment and crossbreeding would have an effect on natural selection. Speaking of natural selection, I thought his was going to be some great insight to a new concept. All it means is that species are not being mucked around by man (artificial selection).

If you picked up Time magazine today you would find all the things that Charles said would be near impossible to find or do. Yet he predicted that it is doable in theory. With an imperfect geological record many things he was not able to find at the writing of this book have been found (according to the possibilities described in the book.)
The only draw back to the book was his constant apologizing. If he had more time and space he could prove this and that. Or it looks like this but who can say at this time. Or the same evidence can be interpreted 180 degrees different.

In the end it is worth reading and you will never look at life the same way again.

The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches (Penguin Classics)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to read the original 7 April 2012
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I read Dawkins like I need to pass exams but it is nice to read the book that started it all. I have read in reviews that this version is incomplete - perhaps this is true, it is hard to tell without checking elsewhere, although it is definitely missing diagrams as would be expected from a community-sourced book.

It has that going-over-the-same-thing-more-than-once style (inherited by Dawkins) that occasionally annoys and occasionally helps.

I am still reading it but I have learned a thing or two and clarified other things. It definitely re-inforces the view - so obvious now - of the method by which life came to be as it is now.

He selects difficult cases, says often that he cannot understand how such an animal came to be but always says that, just because he doesn't know doesn't mean that Natural Selection isn't the cause - just that he cannot work out how it occurred and that someday, someone will.

Given the recent news that yet another strange adaptation which perplexed people (and was presumably used as a anti-evolution argument - an oxymoron of the highest order), that of the reason that some insects like the hover fly don't look much much more like wasps, which they impersonate to avoid being eaten. It transpires that, since they are a small meal, worth little effort, that they only need to be passingly like a dangerous insect to keep predators well away. Any extra 'effort' made to be more wasp-like is largely wasted and better spent on more productive (ie reproductive) efforts.

Anyway, read it if you are into science reading in general, evolution in particular or if you are studying in this area of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Darwin 20 Mar. 2013
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As Evolution is one of the most corroborated theories in Science why would I not recommend the Origin of Species. When reading it now Darwin's approach to science is a bit too subjective and outdated when compared with research today. However, his motivation to understand and the practical manner in which he carried out his observations were ahead of his time. From reading this book you can very clearly see that he was a lot more than a Philosopher sitting in an armchair. Furthermore, this book is free and quite refreshing to read when comparing it with some illegible recent publications. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to understand a bit more about Evolution and Darwin whether you plan to read the whole book or just a chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Re-thinks what it means to be human 22 Jan. 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Darwin's Origin of Species documents one of those surpassing moments when the very nature and condition of man is questioned, interrogated and re-thought. Like e.g. Marx and Freud, Darwin challenges the basis upon which the category of 'man' is constructed, in this case destroying the divinely-created separation of man and animal.

For a scientific treatise this is very readable, revealing the way in which Darwin is targeting an educated general audience as much as a technical one.

The Kindle edition is fine, with few errors or typos - however, it would have benefited from an active contents table which would allow us to jump straight to specific chapters.
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