The Readable Darwin: The Origin of Species as Edited for Modern Readers by Jan PechenikThe Readable Darwin: The Origin of Species as Edited for Modern Readers by Jan Pechenik

The Readable Darwin: The Origin of Species as Edited for Modern Readers

byJan Pechenik

Paperback | September 3, 2014

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The Origin of Species is one of the most influential books ever written. Not only has it inspired an incredible amount of scientific research on a remarkable number of different topics, but it laid a foundation for all modern arguments about organismal diversity. It is also a sterling exampleof scientific thinking at its best. Darwin is very clear about his evidence, but also very clear about the things he doesn't yet understand, even those that might pose problems for his thesis.Unfortunately, his paragraphs are often very long; the sentences are often unwieldy and difficult for modern readers to follow; and Darwin assumes that his readers know a lot more about the people and organisms he talks about than most modern readers do. Although The Origin is widely known, it isnow rarely read.This new book is the product of careful editing of Darwin's sixth and final edition (published in 1872) into more readable prose, with numerous helpful drawings and photographs added. Dr. Pechenik's goal is to enable more people - including high school and college students' - to read and understandthis fascinating and important book, and to enjoy doing so.Every page of Darwin' s book has been painstakingly rewritten: long paragraphs have been broken up, sentences have been shortened and reorganized, and weak verbs have been replaced with stronger verbs. The various people that Darwin mentions have been identified, and his terminology and the logic ofsome of his arguments have been clarified, all to make Darwin's points clearer to today's readers while retaining the flavor of the original Origin. In addition, occasional footnotes clarify issues about which Darwin was uncertain or mistaken.This book covers the first eight of The Origin's fifteen chapters, focusing on variation, the inheritance of variation, and the action of selection in bringing about major changes in the way that organisms look and behave.RESOURCESThe Companion Website includes all of the links and videos referenced in each chapter of the book.
Jan A. Pechenik is Professor of Biology at Tufts University. He earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then completed his Ph.D. in the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He is author or coauthor on more than 125 research and review papers covering a...
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Title:The Readable Darwin: The Origin of Species as Edited for Modern ReadersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.39 inPublished:September 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1605353280

ISBN - 13:9781605353289

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"I appreciate Pechenik's originality and degree of daring in proposing this book, and I find his idea of making Darwin's work more accessible to people inspiring. Pechenik's writing is lucid, his reorganization of sentences and paragraphs is done with much thought and care, and he is clearlydelivering on his vision." --Adi Livnat, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University