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On the Origin of Species Hardcover – 30 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (30 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841939897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841939896
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.1 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Format: Paperback
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" (see my review). 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 Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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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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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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review is not about the content of the book itself, of course!
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!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
as amazing now as it must of been when first released. read it, read it agian, then re-read before getting everyone you know to read it, hopefully you'll lead someone away from the darkside. whilst reading, really think about the massive impact this book has had and wonder at the amazing theory being proved on a daily basis. a true great.
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Probably the biggest scientific idea since Galileo. I bought two copies 30 years ago and gave one to someone I met in the US who was unhappy with the whole idea of evolution. Sadly, I don't know if it was ever read. I think everyone should at least see a copy and wonder at how the ideas (pre-genetics) were formulated to bring us a theory of how species come into being in particular environments.
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If you are part of the American educational system or even if just you think "Creationism" is in any way credible, please read this book: if you still think "Creationism" has any clams to be in any way scientific, read it again, or ask some one to explain it to you. Nothing more to say really.
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