On the Origin of Species Hardcover – 30 Sep 2008
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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 Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
But all that been said a insightful read and the grandad of all evolution books
(edited date ooops typo) :)
It is about the seller and what they declare and show before a customer buys.
First, the cover is not the one in the picture. It's a modern asphalt road with a light beam shining over it.
On the side of the book the image is very dark on the middle so the black letters of the tittle of the book are impossibile to read.
Inside, well, how should I say it... When you buy a reproduction of the first editions of this masterpiece you expect that it contains the text that was published the first time.... NOT A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH PAGE OF A PRE-1929 EDITION!
I can not say it is completely unreadable, but almost all the text looks like a simply photocopy of an old typewritten document, with blurry letters, like faded text.
I was not expecting an particular kind of high quality book, but for £21 + delivery to Italy (Total of 36!) I was surely expecting a better product.
I even ordered the hardcover edition, because this is not any ordinary book.
Now anybody can tell me why people is allowed to sell things that do not match the pictures they publish or the descriptions they tell us about? Neither the picture nor previewed pages (showing perfectly printed text) are what I received.
I this point I don't think it's worth it sending it back and paying for the delivery again to get part of my money back and keep on spending my time searching for this edition but printed in a decent modern way and not just photocopied!
Am I too demanding? Maybe! Anyway you can check the photos and see it by yourself!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't really like this. Many years ago I read "The origin" by Irving Stone and found it fascinating. This version was dry and difficult to read.Published 2 months ago by Neil H