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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy the first edition: buy Harvard or Penguin
Because Darwin's "Origin" may be published by anyone, there are various editions available that seemingly differ only in price and introduction. In fact, however, among the various published versions of the "Origin," there is a difference vastly more important than price and intro -- that is, which *edition* is being published. Harvard and Penguin...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Fundamentalistisch religiöse Anti-Evolutions Ideologie
Diese Ausgabe hat ein Vorwort von Ray Comfort, einem 'Junge-Erde-Kreationisten'. Das Vorwort ist von fundamentalistisch religiöser Ideologie geprägt!

The Anniversary Edition has a preamble from the deluded young earth creationist Ray Comfort.
Just buy any other release of "The Origin of Species"
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy the first edition: buy Harvard or Penguin, 5. Juni 2000
Because Darwin's "Origin" may be published by anyone, there are various editions available that seemingly differ only in price and introduction. In fact, however, among the various published versions of the "Origin," there is a difference vastly more important than price and intro -- that is, which *edition* is being published. Harvard and Penguin publish the first edition of the "Origin," whereas Bantam, Modern Library, and Prometheus Books publish the sixth edition.
For almost every purpose, the first edition is the only version worth reading. Aside from its overwhelmingly superior historical merit, the argument in the first edition is shorter, livelier, and more persuasive than the one in the sixth edition, where Darwin includes concessions to physicists such as Kelvin, which were ultimately proven unnecessary (as Kelvin's claims were shown to be in serious error). These erroneous concessions forced Darwin to mistakenly add several non-Darwinian arguments to his later editions.
So, if you want to read the book that changed biology forever, then read the "Origin" as it was originally written: buy the Harvard or Penguin copies.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book that started the revolution of evolution, 7. April 2000
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Believe it or not, this book was intended to be merely an introductory statement to a massive 20-volume treasise on evolution that Darwin had intended to write. However, he died before his Magnum Opus was completed. Although Darwin was not the first man to champion evolution, he was the first to create a convincing argument for it. This classic book thus records the beginning of a huge paradigm shift in biology. However, don't expect a flawless, up-to-date discussion - much has changed about evolutionary theory since Darwin's time. To fill in the holes, you might also want to read something more modern as a supplement. Richard Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene" would be an excellent choice. Outdated concepts aside, "On the Origin of Species" puts forward an ingeniously simple argument and backs it up with an enormous and varied set of examples. It is easy to see how this book was destined to shake the foundations of science.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Need to know for cultural literacy, 29. Juni 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Origin of Species (MP3 CD)
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.

The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches (Penguin Classics)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Need to know for cultural literacy, 8. März 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: On the Origin of Species (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Because these reviews are cross-posted this is a review of ISBN: 0517123207, with a cover that was defiantly made to be provocative. It depicts an (ape) allying view of going from all fours to upright. If this is what you are looking for then you need to read " 2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur Charles Clarke.

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" (see my review). 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Need to know for cultural literacy, 3. Mai 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Origin of Species (Collector's Library) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible array of evidence, but leaves open questions, 6. Oktober 1999
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In Origin of Species Darwin does an incredible job of documenting the mutability of species, of showing that changes can be caused not only by human breeding, but also by what you might call natural breeding, or "natural selection," as he calls it. His evidence was simply overwhelming.
The shortcoming of the book is that he gave no evidence for his main contention - that life is so mutable that a single-celled life form might evolve through many generations into, say, an elephant. The best he did on that count was to speculate. One of his odder speculations was that whales may be the descendants of animals like bears who swam through the water with their mouths open. In fact, I thought the evidence he presented could be reasonably interpreted as meaning that species have gene pools that allow a range of expression - for example, look at all the kinds of dogs there are.
That Darwin spent several chapters defending his theory against the lack of fossil evidence is also interesting because lack of fossil evidence is still being brought up as an objection. Clearly this objection has not been answered, or has been answered inadequately.
Having said all that, Origin of Species was the most persuasive argument for evolution I've heard. It is the focal point of the entire evolution-creation debate, and anybody interested in the topic should be familiar with it, regardless of which side of the issue they are on.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read, 24. März 2015
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As these reviews often refer to other versions of the book, let me make it clear, I have only been concerned with the original text as presented in the current Kindle edition of Darwin's seminal work. No intros, no religious references.

The apologetic manner of this book, coupled with the clear thought process and conviction of Darwin reflect the times in which it was published. His brilliance flickered through the veil of repression supported by the pride and prejudice of the Victorians .Considering the time span of its inception and finally being published, it offers a rare insight into the conservatism of his times, as well as the political pressures. Strangely, one can see this as a parallel evolution in society since this time, a process which is currently undergoing a selection process in our modern times that may well change the human species! How little we have actually changed! Yes, evolution is a slow process.

Aside from the poetry of reading this book in the modern climate, Darwin sets even the most jaded mind back into action. There is much more here than postulations on evolution. His sence of wonder wafts from the pages like a fine perfume.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Fundamentalistisch religiöse Anti-Evolutions Ideologie, 25. Oktober 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Origin of Species (Taschenbuch)
Diese Ausgabe hat ein Vorwort von Ray Comfort, einem 'Junge-Erde-Kreationisten'. Das Vorwort ist von fundamentalistisch religiöser Ideologie geprägt!

The Anniversary Edition has a preamble from the deluded young earth creationist Ray Comfort.
Just buy any other release of "The Origin of Species"
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein wichtiges Buch, 5. Mai 2014
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Auch wenn man sich heute (zumindest in Europa) nicht mehr vorstellen kann, was für einen Aufruhr dieses Buch ausgelöst hat, ist es doch interessant das Original zu lesen.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Ein trojanisches Pferd!, 28. Dezember 2009
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Origin of Species (Taschenbuch)
Diese umstrittene Kreationisten-Ausgabe von Darwins Origin wird in hoher Auflage kostenlos an Studierende verteilt. In seiner 50-seitigen "Speziellen Einführung" argumentiert Ray Comfort mit seiner kreationistischen Alternative gegen Darwin.
Schon Anfang November gab es eine öffentliche Auseinandersetzung zwischen Ray Comfort und der Direktorin des National Center for Science Ecudation, Eugenie Scott, über die geplante Veröffentlichung und deren Auslassungen bzw. Defizite. Vielleicht ist es dieser Auseinandersetzung zu verdanken, dass zumindest der Text von Darwins "On the Origin of Species" vollständig abgedruckt ist.
Trotzdem fehlten in der Vorschau vom 4. November noch ein entscheidendes Diagramm und die Epigraphe von Bacon und Whewell. Dass Whewell unterdrückt wird, verwundert kaum, denn dieser nimmt in dem verschwiegenen Zitat an, "dass Ereignisse nicht durch isolierte Eingriffe einer göttlichen Macht verursacht werden, in jedem Einzelfall angewandt, sondern durch die Einrichtung allgemeiner Gesetze" - was so gar nicht in die kreationistische Denke passt. Ausführlich hat die Darwin-Expertin Eve-Marie Engels darauf hingewiesen, dass Whewells Zitat von Darwin bewusst als Motto seinem Werk vorangestellt wurde, einem Werk, das sich von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite gegen den Spezialkreationismus abgrenzt. Umso paradoxer, dass jetzt Kreationisten Darwins "Origin" verschenken. Die Paradoxie löst sich indes zwanglos auf: Es kommt eben nicht auf Darwin, sondern auf die Einführung an!
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