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On the Origin of Species

Voted the most influential academic book in history in a public vote held to mark Academic Book Week 2015

Series: Oxford World's Classics

By: Charles Darwin (Author), Gillian Beer (Editor)

394 pages, one chart

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2008 | #175363 | ISBN-13: 9780199219223
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About this book

'can we doubt ...that individuals having any advantage, however sligh", over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?"

In the Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. His insistence on the immense length of the past and on the abundance of life-forms, present and extinct, dislodged man from his central position in creation and called into question the role of the Creator. He showed that new species are achieved by natural selection, and that absence of plan is an inherent part of the evolutionary process.

Darwin's prodigious reading, experimentation, and observations on his travels fed into his great work, which draws on material from the Galapagos Islands to rural Staffordshire, from English back gardens to colonial encounters.

The present edition provides a detailed and accessible discussion of his theories and adds an account of the immediate responses to the book on publication. The resistances as well as the enthusiasms of the first readers cast light on recent controversies, particularly concerning questions of design and descent.


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