The most important work of modern science now available in Vintage Classics
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DARWIN'S GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER, RUTH PADEL
When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the H.M.S Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence which would form the basis of his landmark theory of evolution of species by a process of natural selection. This theory, published as The Origin of Species in 1859, is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity. It also sparked a fierce scientific, religious and philosophical debate which still continues today.
About the Author
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 and THE DESCENT OF MAN.
"Why does Darwin's theory matter now? Because it is the basis of modern biology and much medical research; it provides a tool with which to understand the natural world; it offers a deeper, if imperfect, understanding of our behaviour, about where we came from and where we might be going" Observer "The single best idea anybody ever had" -- Daniel Dennet, philosopher "The most important book ever written" New Scientist "No other book has so transformed how we look at the natural world and mankind's origins" Sunday Telegraph "There are few books that I read more than once but The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin is one" -- David Attenborough
Series: Vintage Classics
Number Of Pages: 992
Published: February 2009
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.5 x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.68