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On the Origin of Species: The Illustrated Edition Hardcover – Illustrated, October 7, 2008
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The most influential book in science gets a face-lift with some amazing graphics and Quammen's erudite editing.”--Library Journal (The Best Sci-Tech books of 2008)
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Published in 1859 initially, this was the defining publication for Darwin's life's work. It is no wonder. After reading it for the first time, I had to admit that anyone against evolution likely has never read the book, however they may be educated. His arguments are very cautious, cogent, detailed, and persuasive. All of the arguments I ever heard against evolution, he introduces in this work as possible detriments to his theory, then soundly quashes every one of those arguments with pages of reasons and examples for why those arguments are untenable, and in a completely humble and careful manner.
An example is the "irreducible complexity" of the eye. He gives examples of various stages of organs of sight that exist in the living world, from very complex, as with ours, down to stalks with the most primitive sensing organs that can only tell the difference between light and dark, and shows the relation from one stage to another. He also wonders what we are to do with animals with vestigial eyes, such as moles, with eyes covered in skin and hair in many instances.
It is suspected, after reading this work, how little it is read by Christian and ID apologists. It is also seen how sound evolution is, and though Darwin did not originate the idea - as many scientists before and during his time knew there had to be something like it - he is the one that carefully examined and put forth a workable mechanism - Natural Selection.