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It's hard to talk about The Origin of Species without making statements that seem overwrought and fulsome. But it's true: this is indeed one of the most important and influential books ever written, and it is one of the very few groundbreaking works of science that is truly readable.
To a certain extent it suffers from the Hamlet problem--it's full of clichés! Or what are now clichés, but which Darwin was the first to pen. Natural selection, variation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest: it's all in here.
Darwin's friend and "bulldog" T.H. Huxley said upon reading the Origin, "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Alfred Russel Wallace had thought of the same theory of evolution Darwin did, but it was Darwin who gathered the mass of supporting evidence--on domestic animals and plants, on variability, on sexual selection, on dispersal--that swept most scientists before it. It's hardly necessary to mention that the book is still controversial: Darwin's remark in his conclusion that "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history" is surely the pinnacle of British understatement. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"Veteran narrator David Case...provides an authentic English accent that suits the material well; his diction is precise, making his narration easy to follow." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
Wow, this guy was smart. The scientific technology, and evidence available at his time was scant... and yet he managed to piece together the puzzle pieces almost perfectly.Published 1 month ago by Sheldon Nicholson
never received it... love to receive it and give 5 starsPublished 10 months ago by Tim J Mehlenbacher
Easy reading, brings an understanding other than creationist concepts.Published 12 months ago by Adrian de Jong
This is a nicely bound book, well stitched into the bookbinding, but has one or two drawbacks for me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E. R. Wootton
Ray Comfort stuffs a far too long introduction into the book in the hope of passing on his own message of religion. See [... Read morePublished on March 25 2012 by Antony Burt