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Charles Darwin, a Victorian scientist and naturalist, has become one of the most famous figures of science to date. Born in 1809 to an upper-middle-class medical family, he was destined for a career in either medicine or the Anglican Church. However, he never completed his medical education and his future changed entirely in 1831 when he joined HMS Beagle as a self-financing, independent naturalist. On returning to England in 1836 he began to write up his theories and observations which culminated in a series of books, most famously On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859, where he challenged and contradicted contemporary biological and religious beliefs with two decades worth of scientific investigation and theory. Darwin's theory of natural selection is now the most widely accepted scientific model of how species evolve. He died in 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. 

Damien Hirst is an internationally renowned English artist, who has dominated the art scene in England since the 1990s. Known in particular for his series of works on death, Hirst here provides a contemporary, visual take on Darwin's theory of evolution - the struggle between life and death in nature. 

William Bynum is Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at University College, London, and was for many years Head of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. He edited the scholarly journal Medical History from 1980 to 2001, and his previous publications include Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth CenturyThe Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine (co-edited with Roy Porter); The Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations(with Roy Porter), The Dictionary of Medical Biography (with Helen Bynum), and History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction. He lives in Suffolk.

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140439129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140439120
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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211 of 237 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Garns on October 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Amazon is mixing the reviews for different versions the 150th edition of Origin of Species. The version with the preface by Ray Comfort includes creationist nonsense and should be avoided. The version that includes the preface by Julian Huxley is worth owning.
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631 of 720 people found the following review helpful By John Rummel on October 20, 2009
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Darwin's Origin of Species is, of course, an icon of scientific writing. It is eminently readable and accessible to nonscientists and should be read by everyone. This edition though, the "150th Anniversary Edition" is an intentional Trojan horse published exclusively to serve as a vehicle for Ray Comfort's 50 page introduction. Comfort is a young-earth creationist and rejects Darwin's theory wholesale. Every reader of this review should contact Amazon and ask them to differentiate this edition of "Origin" from legitimate republications of this epic work. Comfort's 50 page intro is an embarrassing affront to scientific honesty and integrity. Anybody who has followed his antics on the internet knows not to take him seriously, but by attaching his name and his screed to Darwin's work, and then having Amazon market it as though it's a legitimate complement to this volume, is abhorrent.
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164 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2009
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This 150th anniversary version with Ray Comfort's 50+ foreword is a disgrace to science.

Comfort has a clear Christian Creationist agenda. He knows NOTHING about Evolution, yet writes as if he has actual knowledge on the matter. His assertions are laughable.

Do yourself a favor (since Amazon isn't being helpful yet), and search for the REAL 150th anniversary edition on here, or at your local book store.
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159 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Muse on October 20, 2009
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Adding to the growing chorus here -- Roy Comfort's introduction is using Darwin's seminal work as a Trojan Horse to peddle his anti-evolutionary, anti-scientific, young-earth nonsense. Be careful which version you buy.
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297 of 343 people found the following review helpful By Nontheistdavid on October 19, 2009
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Ray Comfort, who famously proved god with a banana, has written the forward. This is Christian propaganda. More lies for Jesus!
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161 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Jim on October 20, 2009
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Ray Comfort is trying to deceive people with his introduction in this book. He has stooped to a new low in his anti-evolution agenda. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! There are plenty of unadulterated copies of Darwin's book available.
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454 of 528 people found the following review helpful By A. Burke VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
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Be warned! This version of Origin of Species has a forward by a guy named Ray Comfort, a well known "Young Earth" creationist. Mr. Comfort has absolutely no formal education in any field of science whatsoever, and he uses the introduction of this book in order to promote his religious belief that the universe is less than 10,000 years old.

Mr. Comfort gravely misunderstands, misrepresents, and plainly lies in the introduction of this book in order to make evolution look "evil."

So, please, if you want to get Darwin's work On the Origin of Species, choose a different version.
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113 of 128 people found the following review helpful By djarm67 on October 19, 2009
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****BEWARE*****

This edition contains the lies and misinformation of young earth creationism in a dishonest forward by bananaman himself Ray Comfort.

His dishonesty obviously knows no bounds.

Unless you specifically want this specific version complete with the pseudo-science introduction move along and purchase one of the legitimate copies. Do not assist with financing their lies.

DJ
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