The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task. Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, reveal Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species ...

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Title:The Origin of Species
Author:Charles Darwin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:703 pages pages

The Origin of Species Reviews

  • D.G.
    Apr 25, 2008
    My science education left a lot to be desired. I was never taught the Theory of Natural Selection in school but only heard it mentioned when some adults scoffed at it. Thankfully, my natural talents steered me away from a career in Biology or Genetics, so this lack of knowledge didn?...
  • Ruth
    Apr 27, 2008
    With my brand new shiny degree in geology/paleontology, this was the first book I read after commencement. I give it 5 stars for the importance of its text, not for its readability. ...
  • Pam
    Sep 14, 2007
    such a freakin' genius! and the sadest part is, that his "science" literally killed him. if you've read a lot in Darwin (as I have) you come to understand that as a religious man, his studies seriously conflicted with his beliefs. I hate it when I hear someone say that Darwin says, "we...
  • Jessica
    Oct 27, 2007
    Are you an Evangelical Christian? Or, perhaps you are a student participating in one of nation's modern and progressive science classes, learning about the Origins of Man, but confused by the lack of scientifically observable studies missing from your text books. Fortunately for you, D...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Sep 12, 2016
    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life = On Natural Selection, Charles Darwin ???????: ????? ?????: ?? ????? ?????? ????? ?? ????? ? ???? ???? ??????...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Sep 18, 2013
    My book group selected this book for discussion probably because of the historic impact it has had on the field of science. However, I found it to be very worthy of respect from a literary viewpoint. Charles Darwin's writing comes across as a methodical thinker and patient explainer to...
  • Stephen
    Aug 28, 2008
    3.0 to 3.5 stars. Not anything like what I would call a "fun" read, but I am really happy that I finally read this book given the tremendous influence it has had on the history on modern scientific thinking. The book itself, while dry, is fairly accessible and is not bogged down with o...
  • Cora Judd
    May 24, 2009
    Richard Dawkins' narration of this book is excellent -- I enjoyed it immensely, however, without my semester of physical anthropology, the essential points would have required much more mental attention. Dawkins inserts clarifying information throughout the book and while Darwin's ...
  • Joe
    May 26, 2010
    Having finished Origin, I am taking the liberty of adding a few comments at the top of what I posted when I first added it to my "currently-reading shelf." To the would-be classics reader who is a bit daunted at the notion of tackling a fourteen chapter science book written in 19th...
  • Manny
    Sep 25, 2012
    Dear Carol, Thank you for your mail, and of course I remember meeting you on the flight last month! It was a very interesting discussion and I'm still thinking about it. The semester has now started here at Creationist U and I am working hard, but I found time to read the book you r...
  • Cassandra Kay Silva
    Mar 26, 2011
    It took me awhile to drag myself into reading this one. People have always commented that it was so dull and that it was convoluted and hard to follow and I have always believed in evolution and found modern books very accessible on the subject so I thought why bother? Then again I hav...
  • Pollopicu
    Jan 19, 2012
    What in the world made me want to read this Goliath of a science book? My goodness! I guess if I had to search deep within myself I would have to say I wanted to read anything Darwin, just to see what all the fuss was about, but mostly because of the reviews I read on Goodreads. I thou...
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    Apr 28, 2010
    Decry or applaud it, there's no question this work has had a profound effect not just on science, but the culture at large. What I wouldn't read this book for is the science, or in an effort to either defend or refute the argument for evolution. The core of Darwin's argument certainly ...
  • Stephen M
    Mar 04, 2012
    Edits for NR because I love him that much. This: "This preservation of favourable variations and the rejection of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection. Variations neither useful not injurious would not be affected by natural selection, and would be left a fluctuating ele...
  • Michael
    Feb 11, 2011
    I swear I cannot figure what all the fuss is about. This is a science book. It was sometimes a bit tough to read because of the depth into detail. If I were an anthropologist I'm sure I would more appreciate that detail, but as a layman it did at times seem too thick. If I were los...
  • Joey Woolfardis
    Dec 28, 2011
    "If, however, a caterpillar were taken out of a hammock made up, for instance, to the third stage, and were put into one finished up to the sixth stage, so that much of its work was already done for it, far from feeling the benefit of this, it was much embarrassed, and, in order to co...
  • Ahmed
    Feb 02, 2016
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    Jun 02, 2017
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  • Emad Attili
    Oct 01, 2014
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  • Karnika Kapoor
    Mar 26, 2017
    Not to my surprise, many questions that are thrown at Richard Dawkins by the creationist on debate panels have been answered as it is in this book. If only people read this by themselves! It was fascinating how the "missing links" was explained by Darwin in a context of geology. Most ...
  • Vane J.
    Mar 24, 2015
    This is not exactly what I would call "fun reading," but it's worth it. At times, it was hard getting through this book, mainly because it's dense and sometimes Darwin tended to drag and not get to the point, but I'm glad I finally read it. However, I think I should have read this at a...
  • Mohamed al-Jamri
    Mar 11, 2016
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  • Morgan
    Jan 13, 2014
    I can now truly say that, having read the Origin of Species, I find the theory of evolution to be complete and utter hogwash. Darwin never truly gives an explanation for how microevolution can realistically extrapolated into macroevolution. Also, when he brings up objections against hi...
  • Darwin8u
    Jun 29, 2011
    ?One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.? ? Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species It is amazing to think that this mild, scientific book published a little less than 155 years...
  • Thabit
    Apr 25, 2014
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  • Bookdragon Sean
    Mar 03, 2017
    Charles Darwin changed the world when he wrote this book. I mean if you think about it logically, no other book has had such a powerful impact on the way humanity views the earth; yes, we have countless religious doctrine, but never before had there been a book that so drastically a...
  • Katie Bananas
    Dec 29, 2016
    Celebratory 2:00 am review, just great!!! When I finished this, I was definitely clapping my hands!! This is not a story if you are one of those who are mad excited to read it. It's a tome of its size that is equivalent to an encyclopedia with depth, width, and value. It's the ...
  • Rosa Ramôa
    Jun 17, 2014
    O Homem no veio do macaco...Entre o homem e o macaco h apenas um antepassado comum A adaptao e sobrevivncia do mais apto!!! Aparentemente um conceito simples! ...
  • Paul
    Dec 19, 2016
    Ah, you can't really review a book like this. It's almost complete transcended its role as a seminal scientific tome and become a legitimate historic artefact. You can't review a historic artefact. This is a fantastic read, even viewed in a completely different way to how it would h...
  • Markus
    Jan 20, 2018
    On The Origin of Species Darwin (1809-1882) Darwin published this book in 1859. It is his scientific treaty based on the idea of all organism living on the earth to be descendants from one or several original progenitors. The work is mostly a transcription of the author?s no...