On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection , or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life . In his landmark study, Darwin theorized that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. These ideas flew in the face of long-held beliefs, and the book immediately became one of the most controversial scientific works in history--and it still remains so today. Now, for the first time, Darwin's classic is fully and handsomely illustrated with more than 350 illustrations and photos, many of them in brilliant color. Reproductions from Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle , his journal of the travels that led to his remarkable breakthrough, appear throughout, inviting readers to experience Darwin's journey and to understand how he developed his theory of evolution. In addition, brief excerpts from his letters, diaries, and correspondence bring both Darwin the man and his
revolutionary discovery to life.   A Main Selection of Scientific America.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, [2008]
Edition: Illustrated edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781402756399
Branch Call Number: 576.82 DAR
Characteristics: xii, 544 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Quammen, David 1948-

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naturalist
May 14, 2015

One of the greatest books in the history of science, in company with . . . .
“De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) 1543
by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) . . . . .
and . . . . .
“Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) 1687
by Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP 1642-1726 . . . . .
and . . . . .
“Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” (Dialogo dei due massimi sistemi del mondo)
by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
and,
Being English, the author used the English spelling "Favoured". Would it kill you to add a "u"?
and "thesciencegeek13" ...
How do animals "change"?

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thesciencegeek13
Sep 01, 2014

I do not agree with ropeacowboy, Darwin did not give ''irrefutable proof'' to back up his claims. Darwin definitely did very well in discussing adaption/natural selection however just because organisms change to suite their environment does not mean that organisms totally transform into different kinds of organisms.

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pianoisthebest1314
Aug 31, 2014

I did not find this book very scientific, Darwin definitely had quite a bit of knowledge on adaption, but adaption has been affirmed by scientists long before Darwin wrote about it. Since adaption is simply when an animal changes to match the environment, there isn't really any proof to affirm that evolution (that is macro-evolution) has actually occurred. I highly recommend _Evolution Impossible_ by Dr. John F. Ashton and _The Ultimate Proof of Creation_ by Dr. Jason Lisle. Keep researching!
If Darwin were here right now I would ask him this question: how do we know that natural procceses will work in the future as they have in the past?

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naturalist
Dec 14, 2012

I agree with the Ron@Ottawa that one should avoid the edition with creationist, the revered Pastor Ray "The Banana Man" Comfort, the "but I think that one is "The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition" published by Bridge-Logos Foundation; Anniversary edition in 2009 ISBN-10: 0882709194 ISBN-13: 978-0882709192. .
Here is an article about that edition:
“Ray Comfort Tries to Sneak Creationism into On the Origin of Species”
from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2009/09/18/ray-comfort-tries-to-sneak-creationism-into-on-the-origin-of-species/
So, I hope this EPL catalogue item is different.
May I also suggest from the EPL catalogue:
"The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution"

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 10, 2012

There are so many versions of this book that it is confusing. This particular one is one big, heavy books, with many illustrations. So if you just want to read the text this is not for you. However, if you have the time and want to thumb through many glossy pages filled with photos and graphs, this one is it. It also has some excerpts from Darwin's diary when he was traveling in the tall ship.

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Heyst
Jul 24, 2012

i love the way Darwin's prefrontal lobe is huge. poetic justice: both the great apes and the great genius have protruding brows.

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ropeacowboy
Aug 27, 2011

Charles Darwin is very persuasive, so if you a firm believer of God, I strongly suggest to steer clear, because it sort of blows up the whole divine question.

This author uses irrefutable proof to back up his theory, and the evidence is quite fascinating. You will learn something from this book, if if you already believe in evolution.

His example are broad. Don't forget, this is from a man who practically traveled the world documenting species. Read through the redundant parts with respect this is his life's work in the palm of your hand.

Also remember the time period in which this book was written. This was before genetic research and DNA were discovered. This is before hybridism was broadly understood. His work is outstanding for his time.

Keep in mind that he is still restricted to the technology of his time. Read his words and have the satisfaction of filling in the holes mentally with modern evidence, completing his theory.

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