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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.
I really didn't have the patience to read this. I know it's supposed to be good for me to learn about this, but it was just hard to follow his science, or lack thereof, in the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jen
This is a fascinating book by an extraordinary man. Anyone with the slightest interest in the evolution of nature and advanced thinking of Darwin would find this a compelling... Read morePublished 11 days ago by GRB
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 23 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Amazon Customer