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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"The Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin is one of the greatest works of the 19th Century.
So, if you want to read the book that changed biology forever, then read the "Origin" as it was originally written: buy the Harvard or Penguin copies.
Please don't take Ray as an example for Christianity; most of us know evolution is a fact and can easily and logically reconcile it with our religious beliefs.
Although the material is dated and has been expounded upon since the late 1800's, this book is seminal and an easy read.Published 8 days ago by BRUNO
I tried reading it because I heard so much about it, but after 5 pages I couldn't force myself to go further. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Papi
A must read for anyone interested in a through approach for thinking about life!Published 18 days ago by Lloyd W. Davis
As always, brave and detailed and my only regret is he sat on the manuscript for what, 12 years, before publishing.Published 22 days ago by Toolmaker
Invaluable tool when beginning a debate with some of my left leaning friends. They're always criticizing Conservatives by calling them "Darwin Deniers" as if that is the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by debateme