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by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson

Random House Publishing Group | August 11, 1998 | Trade Paperback

The Origin Of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Introduction by Edward J. Larson
 
Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific inquiry, The Origin of Species sold out its first printing on the very day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England and, as the Saturday Review noted, the uproar over the book quickly “passed beyond the bounds of the study and lecture-room into the drawing-room and the public street.” Based largely on Darwin’s experience as a naturalist while on a five-year voyage aboard H. M. S. Beagle, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species. This Modern Library edition includes a Foreword by the Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson, an introductory historical sketch, and a glossary Darwin later added to the original text.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 720 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 1.54 in

Published: August 11, 1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10: 0375751467

ISBN - 13: 9780375751462

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The Origin Of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

The Origin Of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races in the…

by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 720 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 1.54 in

Published: August 11, 1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375751467

ISBN - 13: 9780375751462

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Chapter OneVariation Under DomesticationCauses of Variability—Effects of Habit—Correlation of Growth—Inheritance—Character of Domestic Varieties—Difficulty of distinguishing between Varieties and Species—Origin of Domestic Varieties from one or more Species—Domestic Pigeons, their Differences and Origin—Principle of Selection anciently followed, its Effects—Methodical and Unconscious Selection—Unknown Origin of our Domestic Productions—Circumstances favourable to Man's power of SelectionWHEN WE look to the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us, is, that they generally differ much more from each other, than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature. When we reflect on the vast diversity of the plants and animals which have been cultivated, and which have varied during all ages under the most different climates and treatment, I think we are driven to conclude that this greater variability is simply due to our domestic productions having been raised under conditions of life not so uniform as, and somewhat different from, those to which the parent species have been exposed under nature. There is, also, I think, some probability in the view propounded by Andrew Knight, that this variability may be partly connected with excess of food. It seems pretty clear that organic beings must be exposed during several generations to the new conditions of life to cause any
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Introduction by Edward J. Larson
 
Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific inquiry, The Origin of Species sold out its first printing on the very day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England and, as the Saturday Review noted, the uproar over the book quickly “passed beyond the bounds of the study and lecture-room into the drawing-room and the public street.” Based largely on Darwin’s experience as a naturalist while on a five-year voyage aboard H. M. S. Beagle, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species. This Modern Library edition includes a Foreword by the Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson, an introductory historical sketch, and a glossary Darwin later added to the original text.

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Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species sold out on the day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England, and, as the Saturday Review noted, the uproar over the book quickly "passed beyond the bounds of the study and lecture-room into the drawing-room and the public street." Yet, after reading it, Darwin's friend and colleague T. H. Huxley had a different reaction: "How extremely stupid not to have thought of that."
Based largely on Darwin's experience as a naturalist while on a five-year voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species. A landmark contribution to philosophical and scientific thought, this edition also includes an introductory historical sketch and a glossary Darwin later added to the original text.

Charles Darwin grew up considered, by his own account, "a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." A quirk of fate kept him from the career his father had deemed appropriate--that of a country parson--when a botanist recommended Darwin for an appointment as a naturalist aboard H.M.S. Beagle from 1831 to 1836. Darwin is also the author of the five-volume work Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle (1839) and The Descent of Man (1871).

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is Russell Professor of History and Talmadge Professor of Law at the University of Georgia. He is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching and writing, including the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

From Our Editors

Charles Darwin's the Origin of Species is one of the landmark works that has helped shape the modern world.

Darwin's five-year voyage on HMS Beagle sparked the ideas that he molded into his revolutionary argument for the material origin of the diversity of the animal kingdom and the theory of natural selection. As was the case with the work of other great modern thinkers like Freud and Marx, Darwin's controversial and challenging theories have changed the way we look at our world and this book is perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of the scientific imagination. The Origin of Species has fresh applications today for its pioneering views on the ecology of plants and animals.

This edition also includes an introductory historical sketch and a glossary Darwin later added to the original text as well as an Introduction by Walter Cronkite.