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The Origin of Species (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019283438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834386
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 527 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,583,358 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

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..".There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher ."..There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher .,."There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher ., ."There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher , .."There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher .,."There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher ..."There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher


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