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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.
Easy reading, brings an understanding other than creationist concepts.Published 10 days 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 1 month ago by E. R. Wootton
This book is an amazing revelation on the origin of species and natural selection. The original work of Mr Darwin and original illustrations to accompany the text. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jonathan Steeves
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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It is insulting that a creationist like Ray Comfort would write a negative 50 page introduction filled with assertions rather than facts about this important book. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2009 by Eric Joly
RE: the Ray Comfort edition of Origin of the Species ISBN-10 0882709194; ISBN-13 978-0882709192
This is an abridged edition which has a 50 page introdution from... Read more
"When on board [Her Majesty's Ship] 'Beagle,' as naturalist, I was struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants [that is, plants and animals]... Read more