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"[This work] is second only in importance to the Origin of Species . . . among Darwin's works and the book in which he uses the word evolution for the first time."--Natural History
About the Author:
"Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. After becoming eminent among scientists for his field work and inquiries into geology, he proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from one or a few common ancestors through the process of natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery remains the foundation of biology, as it provides a unifying logical explanation for the diversity of life.
Darwin developed his interest in natural history while studying first medicine at Edinburgh University, then theology at Cambridge. His five-year voyage on the Beagle established him as a geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author. Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin investigated the transmutation of species and conceived his theory of natural selection in 1838. Having seen others attacked as heretics for such ideas, he confided only in his closest friends and continued extensive research to meet anticipated objections. His research was still in progress in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay which described a similar theory, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories.
His 1859 book On the Origin of Species established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature. He examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, he examined earthworms and their effect on soil.
In recognition of Darwin's pre-eminence, he was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton." (Quote from wikipedia.org) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I had to return it: the typeface was so small I couldn't read it.Published 3 months ago by Robert D. McConnell
I am happy to share with you all, that as far as I am concerned, I am divine creation, Darwin is not my forefather. So very happy to believe what I do believe.Published 6 months ago by Graciela
This is the writing of Darwin himself. Darwin was one of the most acute observers in the world along with Michael Faraday but his presentation of material was not exciting . Read morePublished 9 months ago by peter intrieri
The book came un good shape but lines are too long and captions too small, which is not good for your eyes.Published 10 months ago by Ivan D. Soto
The most serious problem in evolutionary studies today is to explain the emergence of Man on the evolutionary chain. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Clifford J. Stevens
I've been studying evolution and have read several of Darwin's books. I thought it would be nice to purchase a facsimile edition
like this one. It was a big mistake. Read more
I cannot comment on the book because I didn't really read it. The edition is awful. The original long footnotes are embedded (between brackets) in the text, so the reading becomes... Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Joan