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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140436316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140436310
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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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'I find an addictive fascination in his Victorian prose style, quite apart from the feeling one gets of having been ushered into the presence of one of the great minds of all time.' Richard Dawkins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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He who wishes to decide whether man is the modified descendant of some pre-existing form, would probably first enquire whether man varies, however slightly, in bodily structure and in mental faculties; and if so, whether the variations are transmitted to his offspring in accordance with the laws which prevail with the lower animals. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hbw VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2009
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Gosh, this is a long book.

There are three sections. Sections I and III look at the evidence for the development of humans from more primitive creatures and sexual selection in humans. Section II (about half the book) is devoted to sexual selection in everything from insects to mammals.

So is it worth reading? In their introduction, Adrian Desmond and James Moore suggest that it forms the second volume of a trilogy (with On the Origin of Species and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals) and that you really need to read all three to understand Darwinism as Darwin saw it. Part of this is to do with Darwin's two big ideas: natural selection and sexual selection. The other part is about the interrelationship of Darwin's science with the worldview of a Victorian country gentleman and the politics of the day; not least the politics of race, which is explored more thoroughly in Desmond and Moore's recent Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins.

If you're serious about Darwin and have read "On the Origin of Species", I would recommend tackling this, although you might be forgiven for not ploughing through the whole of Section II. As other reviewers have mentioned, Darwin's language, his views on race and gender and his ideas on the "improvement" of the human race can make uncomfortable reading in the 21st century.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2004
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Aside from the fascinating (and mostly accurate) accounts of natural and sexual selection, confirmed decades later by new discoveries in the fossil record and the advent of DNA, this volume presents a fascinating letter from Darwin to Wallace confirming what a superficial examination of species makes apparent: that Darwin was well aware that 'blending' inheritance couldn't be right, and that hereditary traits must be passed on by some particulate process. This is obvious when we realise that our parents are male and female, but we are not born intermediate hermaphrodites. In this sense, and in so many others, Darwin was well ahead of his time.

It is naive, as Dawkins points out in his introduction, to consider the views of this Victorian gentleman (politically conservative, scientifically radical) through post-Nazi hindsight. Contrary to popular belief, Darwinism does not excuse mass extermination in pursuit of 'perfection'; indeed, lengthy passages of this book are given over to emphasising that 'savage' races (an uncontroversial label at the time, whose meaning has since drifted) are not separate species or sub-human. Darwin's limited recommendations for improving ourselves must be considered with this qualification; let us not forget that at the time such views were entirely acceptable.

Darwin accounts for racial differences through sexual selection: superficial but diverse surface differences masking underlyingly highly similar organisms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Legal Vampire on 11 Sept. 2013
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Charles Darwin published this book 12 years after 'The Origin of Species', his very controversial volume that had introduced his idea of evolution by natural selection to the public, on which Darwin had worked on for 20 years before he dared publish it.

By the time he got round to writing this follow up `The Descent of Man', everyone who was going to be shocked or alienated by his theories already had been shocked or alienated and Darwin now had less to lose. Hence he could write less cautiously and produce a livelier read than what I have read of the Origin of Species.

Darwin's brilliance, hard work and love for and knowledge of the natural world shine out from the abundance of interesting and detailed examples he uses to support his arguments.

However, publisher please note, a modern zoologist should have annotated when any of these examples has been qualified by later research or the scientific name of a species has changed since Darwin's day.

In the first part of the book Darwin says plainly what he could only imply in his earlier evolution book, about the origins of "Man" i.e. us, Homo Sapiens. [You can't expect a Nineteenth Century writer to have the recent modern politically correct inhibitions about using the word 'Man' to mean 'Humanity Male and Female'. I use "Man" in Darwin's sense below only for brevity.]

Likewise probably no modern author would get way with Darwin's politically incorrect `thought experiment' in this book, even if there was an element of truth in it at the time, as to whether natural selection would favour the survival of wild and improvident Irish `Celts' or sober Scottish `Teutons'.
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