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The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, September 2, 2003
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“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
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- Publisher : Signet; 150th Anniversary ed. edition (September 2, 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451529065
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451529060
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.91 x 6.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a free ebook version that I have also. It is available on Amazon and the word 'the Creator' is not in that version of the book.
I can only guess that the publisher did this on purpose because they are creationists and very bad people. Darwin did not believe in god and this word does not appear in other versions. Shame on Signet Classics for being ignorant and sciencephobic.
Five stars for the book and Darwin but NO STARS for the publisher and their altering of the text. Shame on them.
By C. Thomas on July 25, 2017
I was impressed with Darwin's amazing scope of knowledge of zoology and botany as well as other sciences like geography, geology and paleontology. He was amazing well connected with other scientists of his day and very widely read in the works of previous generations. The man had an encyclopedic grasp of the world of science.
I can't help but think of him as somewhat groping in the dark. So much progress has been made since he was here. Methods have been developed he never would have thought of and the fossil record, though still very incomplete, has been greatly expanded. That's why I'm eventually going to read something much more recent which covers the progress made since Darwin time. If you have a recommendation, let me know.
The main text is Darwin's 6th Edition.
Darwin considerably amended Origin of Species through the course of its six editions. For example he first used the expression "survival of the fittest" (coined by Herbert Spencer) in the 5th edition and he first used the term "evolution" in the 6th edition. However, he also diluted some of his arguments in an attempt to deflect criticism. Most notably he made more allowance for now discredited Lamarckian ideas of hereditable affects of use and disuse, versus pure natural selection.
It is an open argument whether the 1st edition or the 6th edition best represents his real thinking. My 2 cents would be that the differences are relatively minor in the context of the overall work. The key driving ideas are well expressed in both and either is a fine start. Just be aware that other readers of Origin of Species may have seen a slightly different text!
It is a softback book, which was perfect for him since he does not treat his books very well. Much cheaper to replace than a hardback book.
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Reviewed in India on March 24, 2018
An evergreen book that is still relevant and worth reading at this Age of gene editing and stem cell therapy. I heartily recommend this book.