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The Origin of Species Paperback – 1 Dec 1962

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collier Macmillan Ltd (Dec. 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020921209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020921202
  • Package Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 519 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,912,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's hard to talk about The Origin of Species without making statements that seem overwrought and fulsome. But it's true: this is indeed one of the most important and influential books ever written, and it is one of the very few groundbreaking works of science that is truly readable.

To a certain extent it suffers from the Hamlet problem--it's full of clichés! Or what are now clichés, but which Darwin was the first to pen. Natural selection, variation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest: it's all in here.

Darwin's friend and "bulldog" T. H. Huxley said upon reading the Origin, "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Alfred Russel Wallace had thought of the same theory of evolution Darwin did, but it was Darwin who gathered the mass of supporting evidence--on domestic animals and plants, on variability, on sexual selection, on dispersal--that swept most scientists before it. It's hardly necessary to mention that the book is still controversial: Darwin's remark in his conclusion that "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history" is surely the pinnacle of British understatement. --Mary Ellen Curtin, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Why does Darwin's theory matter now? Because it is the basis of modern biology and much medical research; it provides a tool with which to understand the natural world; it offers a deeper, if imperfect, understanding of our behaviour, about where we came from and where we might be going" (Observer)

"The single best idea anybody ever had" (Daniel Dennet, philosopher)

"The most important book ever written" (New Scientist)

"No other book has so transformed how we look at the natural world and mankind's origins" (Sunday Telegraph)

"There are few books that I read more than once but The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin is one" (David Attenborough) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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