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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 don't know how less than 5 stars can be given to such a thing as this... Drastically world changing.
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The biological theories of the origin of species is well known in the modern world, however even without reading in for the revolutionary influence in the scientific field, the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chi Lung Tam
The classic; not for everyone because pretty dry. Not very long, though. Skim the beginning and move on to about a quarter or third of the way through.Published 15 days ago by Meredith E.
I would like to read an abridged edition. Too much information. Very technical.Published 21 days ago by Gregg Saunders