On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection Hardcover – 17 Sep 2008
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"The most influential book in science gets a face-lift with some amazing graphics and Quammen's erudite editing."--"Library Journal" (The Best Sci-Tech books of 2008) "The perfect way to become acquainted with the authentic voice of the greatest biologist of all time, in a context provided by one of the finest scientific writers of today."--Gregory A. Petsko, "European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Journal
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Jim Endersby's major scholarly edition debunks some of the myths that surround Darwin's book, and expores how it was originally written, published and read. Endersby provides a very readable introduction to this classic text and a level of scholarly apparatus unmatched by any other edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The starting chapters introduce the theory of natural selection, explaining why certain species thrive, while others decrease in number, how the members of nature are in competition with each other and why organisms tend to vary and change with time. Much of this work is based on experiments and observations seen within domestic animals and plants.
The later chapters defend the theory of natural selection against apparent inconsistencies, why geological records are incomplete, why we find species so widespread and how sterility can be inherited when the organisation is unable to reproduce and more.
The book is approachable for any audience, though the language is naturally dated. Having read the book, one can really appreciate the complex relations in the world and the individuals within it. Though the theory of natural selection is easy to accept, many thought provoking difficulties within the book really make it interesting. Well worth reading.
Over the years I have heard bits and bobs of this book. Specifically since year 10. In biology we talk about Darwin and his theory but the short stories that we are told are not very detailed.
I have wanted to buy this book for over 5 years now! I ask myself, WHY HAVENT I GOTTEN IT BEFORE! Its not science fiction, but it certainly is very detailed and entertaining. I loved reading every page of it.
If you are a science student, this book is a very good buy and read! You will be able to link a lot of theory related questions in your exams to bits of this book.
10/10. Very good purchace.
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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