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The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Definitive Edition Hardcover – April 9, 1998
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"Even cows, when they frisk about from pleasure, throw up their tails in a ridiculous fashion." So writes Charles Darwin in his magnum opus on how humans and animals display such emotions as fear, anger, disdain, and pleasure; it is work that has in most respects been sustained by later scientific research. First published in 1872, Darwin's greatest work was never issued in quite the shape its author intended: bits and pieces were left out of subsequent printings, most of them released after Darwin's death, and later editors made additions to suit the intellectual fashion of their times. This definitive edition, heavily annotated, brings us the book that Darwin would have wanted, and it is essential to any naturalist's library.
From Scientific American
Ekman's edition is no mere reprint plus introduction. The text itself is not a reprint, because Ekman has collated the previous editions and Darwin's manuscripts and corrected some errors. He has also added a particularly good afterword, in which he describes the 20th-century debate about whether emotional expressions are a human universal.... The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals is one of Darwin's most readable works. It is alive with anecdotes, literary quotations and his own observations of his friends and children. Artificial-intelligence nerds, neuropsychiatric white-coats and magazine psychobabblers all have some way to go in understanding the emotions, and there will be no better inspiration for them (and the rest of us) than the ideas of one of the master intellects of all time, in this smart new edition.
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There are no diagrams or photographs in this book. Not one! These diagrams and photos are what made Darwin's ideas more tangible. Without them, one is left to wonder what exactly inspired Darwin to develop these ideas.
The warning is clear: Stay away from this disaster. If you need a copy of "The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals" look for one that includes the photographs.
To understand how Darwin was thinking about Human origins, it's insufficient to just purchase and read the Descent of Man- this book is a must.
Secondly, this edition of the book has proven to be a very good one for me- the illustrations are clear and I've enjoyed the typeset. While it's possible to find a PDF of the book online, I find having this useful for showing to students.
On Kindle version, theres some problems in diagramming, so sometimes you need to pay atention to identify that is text from notes and observations.