The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

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Charles Darwin's classic that exploded into public controversy, revolutionized the course of science, and continues to transform our views of the world.

Few other books have created such a lasting storm of controversy as The Origin of Species . Darwin's theory that species derive from other species by a gradual evolutionary process and that the average level of each species is heightened by the "survival of the fittest" stirred up popular debate to fever pitch. Its acceptance revolutionized the course of science.

As Sir Julian Huxley, the noted biologist, points out in his illuminating introduction, the importance of Darwin's contribution to modern scientific knowledge is almost impossible to evaluate: "a truly great book, one which can still be read with profit by professional biologist."

Includes an Introduction by Sir Julian Huxley
Publisher: Mendocino, CA : Audio Scholar
Copyright Date: ℗1990
ISBN: 9781101126752
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Ruta, Ken
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naturalist
May 14, 2015

One of the greatest books in the history of science, in company with . . . .
“De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) 1543
by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) . . . . .
and . . . . .
“Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) 1687
by Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP 1642-1726 . . . . .
and . . . . .
“Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” (Dialogo dei due massimi sistemi del mondo)
by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
and,
Being English, the author used the English spelling "Favoured". Would it kill you to add a "u"?
and "thesciencegeek13" ...
How do animals "change"?

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thesciencegeek13
Sep 01, 2014

I do not agree with ropeacowboy, Darwin did not give ''irrefutable proof'' to back up his claims. Darwin definitely did very well in discussing adaption/natural selection however just because organisms change to suite their environment does not mean that organisms totally transform into different kinds of organisms.

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pianoisthebest1314
Aug 31, 2014

I did not find this book very scientific, Darwin definitely had quite a bit of knowledge on adaption, but adaption has been affirmed by scientists long before Darwin wrote about it. Since adaption is simply when an animal changes to match the environment, there isn't really any proof to affirm that evolution (that is macro-evolution) has actually occurred. I highly recommend _Evolution Impossible_ by Dr. John F. Ashton and _The Ultimate Proof of Creation_ by Dr. Jason Lisle. Keep researching!
If Darwin were here right now I would ask him this question: how do we know that natural procceses will work in the future as they have in the past?

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naturalist
Dec 14, 2012

I agree with the Ron@Ottawa that one should avoid the edition with creationist, the revered Pastor Ray "The Banana Man" Comfort, the "but I think that one is "The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition" published by Bridge-Logos Foundation; Anniversary edition in 2009 ISBN-10: 0882709194 ISBN-13: 978-0882709192. .
Here is an article about that edition:
“Ray Comfort Tries to Sneak Creationism into On the Origin of Species”
from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2009/09/18/ray-comfort-tries-to-sneak-creationism-into-on-the-origin-of-species/
So, I hope this EPL catalogue item is different.
May I also suggest from the EPL catalogue:
"The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution"

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 10, 2012

There are so many versions of this book that it is confusing. This particular one is one big, heavy books, with many illustrations. So if you just want to read the text this is not for you. However, if you have the time and want to thumb through many glossy pages filled with photos and graphs, this one is it. It also has some excerpts from Darwin's diary when he was traveling in the tall ship.

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ropeacowboy
Aug 27, 2011

Charles Darwin is very persuasive, so if you a firm believer of God, I strongly suggest to steer clear, because it sort of blows up the whole divine question.

This author uses irrefutable proof to back up his theory, and the evidence is quite fascinating. You will learn something from this book, if if you already believe in evolution.

His example are broad. Don't forget, this is from a man who practically traveled the world documenting species. Read through the redundant parts with respect this is his life's work in the palm of your hand.

Also remember the time period in which this book was written. This was before genetic research and DNA were discovered. This is before hybridism was broadly understood. His work is outstanding for his time.

Keep in mind that he is still restricted to the technology of his time. Read his words and have the satisfaction of filling in the holes mentally with modern evidence, completing his theory.

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