On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (Paperback)
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|States the evidence for a theory of evolution, explains how evolution takes place, and discusses instinct, hybridism, fossils, distribution, and classification, in a volume that includes explanatory notes and background information. *Author: Darwin, Charles/ Bynum, William (INT) *Subtitle: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life *Publication Date: 2009/10/27 *Number of Pages: 516 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25|
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A special anniversary edition with a cover by controversial artist Damien Hirst|| This landmark work of scientific and philosophical thought sets forth Charles Darwin's pioneering theory of evolution and the interdependence of species. On the Origin of Species had an immediate and profound impact on the literature and ideas of his contemporaries. Without setting out to be controversial, Darwin became quite possibly the most revolutionary writer of the Victorian age, overturning the widely held religious and scientific beliefs of his time.
Charles Darwin became interested in the study of evolution when he was official naturalist on the HMS Beagle, which sailed around the world from 1831 to 1836. After his return, he continued his research on animal and plant forms, concluding that selection was the key to man's success. His theory of evolution, soon known as Darwinism, stated that beneficial variations of species were preserved, while others, unfavored by their environments, were eliminated in the struggle for existence. Later his discoveries were corroborated by Mendelian genetics and became the prime cornerstone of modern scientific teaching. Always poor in health, he spent the last 40 years of his life studying and writing at his home in Down, Sussex. Darwin had the faculty of writing simply on abstruse matters; his use of reminiscence or a discursive anecdote lending great color to his scientific expositions.