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On the Origin of Species [150th Anniversary Edition]

  • Explains the context for Darwin's work and its reception in the nineteenth century
  • Contains detailed explanatory notes, biographical notes and an up-to-date bibliography
  • Includes information about Darwin's changes to the text across different editions

By: Charles Darwin(Author), Jim Endersby(Editor)

453 pages, 12 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2015 | #235455 | ISBN-13: 9781316610206
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Hardback | May 2009 | #235454 | ISBN-13: 9780521867092
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About this book

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection is both a key scientific work of research, still read by scientists, and a readable narrative that has had a cultural impact unmatched by any other scientific text. First published in 1859, it has continued to sell, to be reviewed and discussed, attacked and defended. The Origin is one of those books whose controversial reputation ensures that many who have never read it nevertheless have an opinion about it. Jim Endersby's major scholarly edition debunks some of the myths that surround Darwin's book, while providing a detailed examination of the contexts within which it was originally written, published and read. Endersby provides a very readable introduction to this classic text and a level of scholarly apparatus (explanatory notes, bibliography and appendixes) that is unmatched by any other edition.

"[This] anniversary edition of the Origin of Species is one of the best editions available and a highly recommended book, especially for students and newcomers in Darwin's world."
– Newsletter, International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group

"There is no way to understand Darwin unless one reads his own writings: the Origin of Species is an excellent starting point to read Darwin and I will argue that this Cambridge anniversary edition is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to read the book, especially if he knows absolutely nothing about it."
Science and Education Journal


Contents

Introduction

On the Origin of Species

Appendix 1. An evolving origin
Appendix 2. Biographical register

Explanatory notes
Bibliography


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Biography

Jim Endersby is Lecturer in British History at the University of Sussex.

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