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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.
never received it... love to receive it and give 5 starsPublished 2 months ago by Tim J Mehlenbacher
Easy reading, brings an understanding other than creationist concepts.Published 4 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 5 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
This is a massively overpriced edition; the only novelty is the appendices which will not be of value to the general reader.
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This is it -- the "Old Testament" of modern biology! Most people who accept evolution as the dominant paradigm should read this book, so that they know why. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2001 by John Clavis