On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

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Published amid a firestorm of controversy in 1859, this is a book that changed the world. Reasoned and well-documented in its arguments, it offers coherent views of natural selection, adaptation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest, and other concepts that form the foundation of evolutionary theory.
Publisher: Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, 2006
Edition: Dover giant thrift ed
ISBN: 9780486450063
0486450066
Branch Call Number: 576.82 D228
Characteristics: xiv, 321 pages ; 22 cm

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I originally decided to read this book simply for the sake of its importance, expecting it to be a dry read. Instead, Origin of Species turned out to be a marvel. Contrary to the popular misconception, the idea that living things evolved was not a new idea in 1859, but the problem was, no one knew how the process worked. Then Darwin came along and deduced what must be happening behind the scenes to produce the results that he and others were observing, providing the means that had been missing from the controversy. And so dazzlingly astute were his deductions that a modern reader can see that he is talking about DNA’s role in heredity 90 years before Watson and Crick puzzled out the nature of this molecule and confirmed what Darwin already had already concluded through the power of his intellect. But more than that, Darwin’s ability to argue his case is just as dazzling. So lucid and powerful are his arguments that it seems to me that opponents of the idea of evolution would have to explain what *prevents* Darwinian evolution from occurring. I was also surprised to discover that many of the most commonly voiced objections to the concept of evolution were anticipated and disproven by Darwin himself in this original work on the subject. Although the first word on the subject, Origin of Species is so definitive that it is nearly the last word on the subject as well. One can read this book for a better understanding of its importance, to learn about evolution, or to be treated to a marvel of lucid reasoning.

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