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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.
How the term "evolution" and Darwin became intertwined I'll never know. The term is never used in Darwins book. Not once. Ever. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Dagwood
As a biology major how could you not love Origin of the Species by Darwin. Love the price too, this is a classic work that in my opinion every student of the biological sciences... Read morePublished 16 days ago by B. J. Roca
When reading this book it is important to remember that Darwin was not a trained scientist and that the ideas expressed did not originate with him. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Of course. It's Darwin. But it you want a more readable book on evolution, I'd recommend "The Meaning of Evolution" by George G. Simpson.Published 21 days ago by Veronica