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The Origin of Species: (A Modern Library E-Book) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Darwin , Edward J. Larson
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It's hard to talk about The Origin of Species without making statements that seem overwrought and fulsome. But it's true: this is indeed one of the most important and influential books ever written, and it is one of the very few groundbreaking works of science that is truly readable.

To a certain extent it suffers from the Hamlet problem--it's full of clichés! Or what are now clichés, but which Darwin was the first to pen. Natural selection, variation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest: it's all in here.

Darwin's friend and "bulldog" T. H. Huxley said upon reading the Origin, "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Alfred Russel Wallace had thought of the same theory of evolution Darwin did, but it was Darwin who gathered the mass of supporting evidence--on domestic animals and plants, on variability, on sexual selection, on dispersal--that swept most scientists before it. It's hardly necessary to mention that the book is still controversial: Darwin's remark in his conclusion that "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history" is surely the pinnacle of British understatement. --Mary Ellen Curtin, Amazon.com

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It's hard to talk about The Origin of Species without making statements that seem overwrought and fulsome. But it's true: this is indeed one of the most important and influential books ever written, and it is one of the very few groundbreaking works of science that is truly readable.

To a certain extent it suffers from the Hamlet problem--it's full of clichés! Or what are now clichés, but which Darwin was the first to pen. Natural selection, variation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest: it's all in here.

Darwin's friend and "bulldog" T. H. Huxley said upon reading the Origin, "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Alfred Russel Wallace had thought of the same theory of evolution Darwin did, but it was Darwin who gathered the mass of supporting evidence--on domestic animals and plants, on variability, on sexual selection, on dispersal--that swept most scientists before it. It's hardly necessary to mention that the book is still controversial: Darwin's remark in his conclusion that "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history" is surely the pinnacle of British understatement. --Mary Ellen Curtin, Amazon.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 831 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 156 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1461118778
  • Verlag: Modern Library (1. November 2000)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FC1JS0
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (14 Kundenrezensionen)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Need to know for cultural literacy 3. Mai 2005
Von bernie
Format:Taschenbuch
This is a quick review of the book not a dissertation on Darwin or any other subject loosely related. At first I did not know what to expect. I already read " The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches". I figured the book would be similar. However I found "Origin" to be more complex and detailed.
Taking in account that recent pieces of knowledge were not available to Charles Darwin this book could have been written last week. Having to look from the outside without the knowledge of DNA or Plate Tectonics, he pretty much nailed how the environment and crossbreeding would have an effect on natural selection. Speaking of natural selection, I thought his was going to be some great insight to a new concept. All it means is that species are not being mucked around by man (artificial selection).
If you picked up Time magazine today you would find all the things that Charles said would be near impossible to find or do. Yet he predicted that it is doable in theory. With an imperfect geological record many things he was not able to find at the writing of this book have been found (according to the possibilities described in the book.)
The only draw back to the book was his constant apologizing. If he had more time and space he could prove this and that. Or it looks like this but who can say at this time. Or the same evidence can be interpreted 180 degrees different.
In the end it is worth reading and you will never look at life the same way again.
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"I can entertain no doubt [...] that the view which most naturalists entertain and which I formerly entertained - namely, that each species has been independantly created - is erronous. I am fully convinced that species are not immutable; but that those belonging to what are called the same genera are lineal descendants of some other and generally extinct species, in the same manner as the acknowledged varieties of any species are the descendants of that species. Furthermore I am convinced that Natural Selection has been the main but not exclusive means of modification" (69).

Worte, die die Welt veränderten. 1859, mehr als 20 Jahre nach seiner Forschungsreise auf der Beagle rund um die Welt, auf der Charles Darwin langsam aber sicher zu der Einsicht gelangte, dass Arten nicht unabhängig voneinander von einem Gott kreiert wurden, sondern sich in einem seit Millionen von Jahren andauernden Prozess, der maßgeblich auf dem Prinzip der natürlichen Selektion beruht, entwickelt haben, veröffentlichte der Naturforscher aus England seine Theorie in dem Buch "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection", welches bis heute die Grundlage der Evolutionstheorie bildet. Warum hat Darwin so lange gezögert? Die einfache Antwort: Er hatte Angst! Er wusste, dass er mit seinem Buch an den Grundfesten des christlichen Abendlandes rüttelte. Obwohl er sich in seiner Darstellung mit polemischen Äußerungen zurückhält, ist die Konsequenz seines Weltbildes mehr als eindeutig: Es gibt keinen Gott, oder wenn es ihn gibt, so hat er doch zumindestens nichts mit der Erschaffung des Lebens auf unserem Planten zu tun.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The very definition of a classic. 22. November 1999
Von C. Moon
Format:Taschenbuch
It feels odd reviewing such a historic work as The Origin of Species, yet some warnings must be espoused regarding this volume as Darwin's work is often cited as the central document (along with the bible) in an argument over creation versus evolution. It is bad enough that people who so often are the most vociferous in this debate (on both sides) are relatively unread, but worse is that The Evolution of Species as a scientific manifesto is really of very little value today. Although Darwin was a brilliant naturalist, it would be as improper to call a scientist who studies evolution a Darwinist as it would be to call all computers Apple II's. Darwin has no working model of genetics, and while he proposed many excellent hypothesis about various forms of selection--he even wrote a book on behavior and facial expressions in animals!--we would be hard pressed to find Darwin as a citation in any of the modern literature. My rating of four stars is not entirely fair. I feel that people who wish to learn about evolution should seek out modern authors (I strongly recommend John Maynard-Smith's 'Theory of Evolution' as it is robust in its degree of current biological theory and will leave the reader not only understanding the biological theory of evolution, but also a lot of general biology.) On the other hand, if you are a person who is interested in history and in people, do read Origin or perhaps The Voyage of the Beagle (which I imagine must be an interesting read). Darwin sets a fantastic example of the dedicated naturalist, unbiased and thorough. His theories, which came later, were elegant--to such an extent that many of the detractors (even modern day) do not understand them. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most unfairly misjudged book in history. 2. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I started reading this book expecting to find offensive, disrespectful, and vicious material throughout it. What I came to realize instead, was that people have criticized this book based on offensive, disrespectful and vicious accusations. I can't identify how people have linked this work to God and blasphemy. It has nothing to do with religion, faith, or creation. This is a work of observation, logic, and adaptability. It makes perfect sense, and trust me, it is in no way offensive.
To think that for a century people have been debating, fighting, and cursing Charles Darwin over this work seems comical once you read his book. The book is written in easy to understand common language, allowing the not so biologically or anthropologically astute to understand it as well. Even if you are not convinced by Darwin's observations, you will be convinced that there is no threat to anyone's beliefs from this book.
I found this work to be very convincing and highly compatible with my faith in God. It does not threaten God, and it certainly does not require me to abandon any beliefs even though I fully understand and agree with Mr. Darwin. Read this book, it is worthy of consideration and it is only fair to hold judgment until after you have read it.
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Vor 12 Monaten von Sora veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Can't tell a book by its cover
Because these reviews are cross-posted this is a review of ISBN: 0517123207, with a cover that was defiantly made to be provocative. Lesen Sie weiter...
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Darwin takes the Socratic approach to the theory of evolution and by thinking through the problems to his theory, lays it all out. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Dezember 1999 von Ken LeBlanc
5.0 von 5 Sternen Like Newton, Darwin was a (brilliant) man of his own era.
It's important to remember that Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and published this book in 1859, almost a century and a half ago. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent edition of a supreme scientific achievement
This is a handsome hardcover edition; the type is easy to read. Anyone who vilifies Darwin and claims that evolution is untenable hasn't read The Origin of Species. Lesen Sie weiter...
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Veröffentlicht am 30. September 1997 von Travis Cottreau
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