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The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition
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on February 3, 2017
Though at times the volume of facts that are presented seemed overwhelming,I had to remind myself of the difficulties Darwin faced in expounding his new theory. Still more impressive are the arguments he makes that anticipated some of the modern attacks of creationism. I am glad to have read this classic book of the biological sciences.
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on December 9, 2017
Here we have this curious and ingenious guy reporting observations collected during experiments such as: breeding pigeons from different places, watching ants and bees, and much more. He even challenged the intellectual tools of a very very unlikely “Creator”. What a practical mind! Amusing that he often writes “we are profoundly ignorant on ”. More importantly, his ideas are accessible to any curious mind at no cost (open domain).
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on June 18, 2016
I liked this book. People who are interested in historical books should be interested in reading this book... One of the things that was especially interesting is the author's writing style and ability to get his message across. Overall, this book was very well written and I highly recommend to those who have not read. To those who have read it - read it again!
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on November 5, 2016
The hardcover illustrated version is a keeper. I wanted to help get my 13 yr. old interested in learning about evolution and Darwin. The illustrations help make a possibly difficult read for her way more interesting. It also makes for an excellent conversational coffee table book. Simply awesome.
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on February 9, 2016
You have to be really serious about wanting to know how natural selection works to read this book. If you can comprehend what Darwin is saying you will be surprised at how much sense he makes. It was written at a time when this material was blasphemous and after I read it my feeling is that the critics of this work either never read it or never understood the concepts of natural selection. That is their loss. So good luck getting through the read. It is long and explains how Darwin derived his explanation of natural selection when so little was known at that time of the world, and all things in it. I take my hat off to his genius.
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on April 15, 2016
This probably should be on everyone's bucket reading list. Darwin before word processors or typewriters ably defends his thesis of evolution and natural selection in incredible technical detail. While at times dry and slow the narrative can be followed be the non expert and together with his flattering style and integrity may explain the acceptance of Darwinian views. One missing item in this version was a chart referred to in parts of two chapters. In the conclusion he refers to the Creator.
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VINE VOICEon February 22, 2009
First of all, this particular edition is a magnificently illustrated edition that includes much information and images related to not only Origin, but also Darwin's life. The first edition included is the edition that is most recommended by scholars, for historical significance, but as well for being less diluted by conciliatory remarks toward the religiously offended.

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.
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on November 2, 2013
What can be said about a historic book such as this one written by C. Darwin? It's usually good to go to the source once in a while. It was fun to read what Darwin was thinking without the filtering of intrepreters and detractors. My impression of the writer's style and logic is that this is an amazingly modern piece of work. The language is clear and the arguments complete. Held up against modern discovery and research the writer holds his own well. I have found this book to be an enjoyable read and while his logic gets buried in his words, the challenge of picking out the kernels is fun. C. Darwin didn't have all the answers but you can't fault his logic. One might say that Darwin didn't know what he was talking about but the sense of it is hard to ignore.
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on June 23, 2013
n the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. For the sixth edition of 1872, the short title was changed to The Origin of Species. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation.
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on May 11, 2007
There are many different versions of Darwin's "The Origin of Species" available, but I found this one particularly helpful. First, while it is nicely printed and easy to read on good paper, it is not terribly expensive. Second, it reprints the first or original version of the book which Darwin subsequently modified substantially in the the further five editions he published. Third, it also includes Darwin's "Historical Sketch" and "glossary" which had not appeared in the first edition. Fourth, the color cover illustration by the Victorian artist Henry de la Beche is an important indicator of why the Victorians were so into prehistoric studies. However, the thing that really distinguishes this Penguin Books edition is the incredibily incisive and invaluable introduction by the editor, J.W. Burrow. Burrow is beyond question one of the most significant intellectual historians of our time. Among other things he has written extensively on the concept of evolution in Victorian thought in his classic "Evolution and Society: A Study in Victorian Social Theory." In 37 crisp pages, Burrow incomparably sketches the Victorian intellectual background against which Darwin wrote. Although the essay is nearly 40 years old, it has stood the test of time very well. It alone is worth the price of the book. Altogether, a very nice introduction to this critical event in scientific and intellectual history.
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