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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Revised edition edition (13 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199219222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199219223
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[This] anniversary edition of the Origin of Species is one of the best editions available and a highly recommended book, especially for students and newcomers in Darwin's world.' Newsletter, International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group

'There is no way to understand Darwin unless one reads his own writings: the Origin of Species is an excellent starting point to read Darwin and I will argue that this Cambridge anniversary edition is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to read the book, especially if he knows absolutely nothing about it. Science and Education Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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At the time of writing Amazon.co.uk has muddled up two versions of this book. One is the original masterpiece by Charles Darwin. One of the greatest works of scientific literature. It is this famous book that has led many British people to carry Darwin's picture in their wallets, for it is his image that graces the ten pound note.

The Bridge-Logos edition is not an accurate edition of the book.
The text has been tampered with and an introduction has been written by Ray Comfort. Comfort is a Young Earth Creationist who has produced his own version of this book. It is a misleading version that contains very poor arguments and pseudoscience.
Comfort is regarded, by people who know and understand the science of evolution, with contempt, derision and often with outright hilarity.

If you want a proper copy of this book and to understand the science properly then buy any version but the Bridge-Logos edition.
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DO NOT GET THIS VERSION - It's not even worth the joke of showing it to others.

Due to some unintentional error by Amazon, most of the positive reviews are for a completely different book with the same title.

Ray Comfort (A Creationist) has written a 50 page introduction (16% of the book) to *celebrate* the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species and has added it to the beginning of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" which, and I quote,

"...reveals the dangerous fruit of evolution, Hitler's undeniable connections to the theory, Darwin's racism, and his disdain for women. It counters the claim that creationists are "anti-science" by citing numerous scientists who believed that God created the universe - scientists such as Einstein, Newton, Copernicus, Bacon, Faraday, Pasteur, and Kepler." His ONLY intention is to denigrate the work of Charles Darwin while providing no evidence of his own.

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK if you want one representing the facts about evolution and a scientific, rational and factual introduction. This introduction is for creationists that believe the world is only a few thousand years old, wilfully ignoring all evidence to the contrary.

The positive review shown here are for a completely different version ISBN-10: 0451529065 and ISBN-13: The Origin of Species or click on the links in the positive reviews.
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By hbw VINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2009
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The Origin of Species is, of course, one of the most famous and influential books ever written, but why would anybody read it today other than as a Victorian curiosity?

What struck me most was not only how much Darwin didn't know, but also the very different ways in which knowledge was acquired 150 years ago. Although the Victorians knew enough practical genetics to breed pigeons or improve livestock, the science of genetics as we understand it did not exist and it would take another century to discover DNA.

Modern laboratories are equipped with a bewildering array of sophisticated technologies that enable scientists to do everything from mapping the human genome to measuring the age of ancient micro-organisms.

And this is where the real difference lies: Darwin had a garden, notebooks, a microscope and (as Prof. Steve Jones recently pointed out) access to a breathtakingly efficient postal service, which brought information from the furthest reaches of Empire and beyond. Crucially, though, Darwin had gifts of observation, clear thinking and a knack for asking the right questions. The real value of this book to a modern reader is to observe these gifts at work in a context that any keen gardener or birdwatcher can understand.

This book is well written by the standards of the Victorian gentleman-scholars who were its first audience, but if you can cope with the average Victorian novel and don't mind looking up the occasional unfamiliar term, then The Origin of Species is probably worth the effort.

The World's Classics edition is well presented, has a useful introduction, a good index and a guide to the other writers mentioned in the text. There is a single diagram, as in the original, but no pictures, which may be a consideration for some readers.
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Not all editions are the same. The Bridge-Logos Foundation edition has had Darwin's original introduction replaced by one written by creationist Ray Comfort. It has been published in order to denigrate Darwin and the theory of evolution by natural selection. It is being given away in USA universities to promulgate creationist views. I'm horrified that anyone wanting a copy of Darwin's work might end up with this and believe the things written in the introduction. Note, by the way, that Amazon.com state that the introduction is by Comfort and link to his religious works whereas Amazon.co.uk do not. A real shame.
Buy ANY edition but this one.
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Upon opening this book you'll be confronted by a 50 page forward by the dishonest and renouned liar and young earth creationist, Ray Comfort. His arguments are of such a pathetic level even a third grade kid could clearly see through them, and he has been corrected so many times the only way to explain him is as a willing liar for religion. He is fraudulent and dishonest in all ways possible when it comes to pushing his agenda, the latest twist of which is publishing this book under the guise of it being Charles Darwin's work. Yes it does contain Darwin's work, but it is so littered with young earth creationist claptrap it's not funny. You will seriously get a headache even attempting to read this version.

Save yourself the trouble, get a different version.
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