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On the Origin of Species : World's Classics - Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 13th November 2008
ISBN: 9780199219223
Number Of Pages: 432

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'can we doubt ... that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?'

In the Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. His insistence on the immense length of the past and on the abundance of life-forms, present and extinct, dislodged man from his central position in creation and called into question the role of the Creator. He showed that new species are achieved by natural selection, and that absence of plan is an inherent part of the evolutionary process.

Darwin's prodigious reading, experimentation, and observations on his travels fed into his great work, which draws on material from the Galapagos Islands to rural Staffordshire, from English back gardens to colonial encounters. The present edition provides a detailed and accessible discussion of his theories and adds an account of the immediate responses to the book on publication. The resistances as well as the enthusiasms of the first readers cast light on recent controversies, particularly concerning questions of design and descent. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A Chronology of Charles Darwin
On the Origin of Speciesp. 1
Register of Writersp. 361
Glossary of Scientific Termsp. 371
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780199219223
ISBN-10: 0199219222
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 13th November 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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