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"This is a handsome volume that will repay repeated consultations as a valuable reference, and as an insight into the thought and motivations of a remarkable scientist."--The Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

James A. Secord is the author of many books including Controversy in Victorian Geology: The Cambrian-Silurian Dispute (Princeton, 1986) and Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of 'Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation' (Chicago, 2000), winner of the 2002 Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society and the 2002 award for the best book in history from the Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division. He has edited Lyell's Principles of Geology for Penguin.

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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (February 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199208638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199208630
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Mayper on June 11, 2011
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This collection of Darwin's most influential writings serves to give the reader an excellent sense not only of the ideas Darwin presented in his work, but also of the context in which his ideas were introduced.

Secord has beautifully selected the salient passages from Darwin's major works, providing a concise and enjoyable version of these books that have indisputably changed history. This compilation would be ideal for anyone from those casually interested in biology and evolutionary theory, to those looking to analyze and contextualize the ideas and implications put forth by Darwin's monumental works.

(This book was purchased for a college course on the history and cultural context of Darwinism and evolutionary theory.)
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