- Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Rep Anv edition (September 2, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451529065
- ISBN-13: 978-0451529060
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2003
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“Next to the Bible no work has been quite as influential, in virtually every aspect of human thought, as The Origin of Species.”—Ashley Montagu
“Darwin was one of history’s towering geniuses and ranks with the greatest heroes of man’s intellectual progress.”—George Gaylord Simpson in The Meaning of Evolution
“It is clear that here is one of the most important contributions ever made to philosophic science; and it is at least behooving on scientists, in the light of the accumulation of evidence which the author has summoned in support of his theory, to reconsider the grounds on which their present doctrine of the origin of species is based.”—The New York Times
“Amazingly, 150 years after the publication of The Origin of Species, Darwin's seminal work on the theory of evolution remains the authoritative tract on the subject.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Charles Robert Darwin was born in 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. At Cambridge University he formed a friendship with J. S. Henslow, a professor of botany, and that association, along with his enthusiasm for collecting beetles, led to “a burning zeal,” as he wrote in his Autobiography, for the natural sciences. A voyage to the Southern Hemisphere on the H.M.S. Beagle between 1831 and 1836 would lay the foundation for The Origin of Species, published in 1859. His other works include The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) and Recollections of My Mind and Character, also titled Autobiography (1887). Charles Darwin’s Diary of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle was published posthumously in 1933.
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Living in the United States, I should probably have said "many of us", rather than "we", as a distressingly high percentage of Americans - over 40 per cent, according to most polls - say they do not believe in evolution. It is hard to convert non-believers - too often they seem to prefer doctrine to facts - but Darwin's scrupulously cautious approach might possibly sway some. He was above all an experimenter rather than a dogmatist, never satisfied until he had convinced himself that he had assembled the evidence to support his theories.
True believers will probably prefer to read about the latest findings (personally, I love Prothero's "Evolution", and Dawkin's "Greatest Show on Earth" ), but everyone should take the time to read this beautiful prose and learn about where it all started.
Don't be afraid to give it to adolescents. I found a musty old volume in the UC Berkeley library at the age of fifteen and was fascinated. It is now, via Amazon and the Internet, much more accessible. Do it!