On the Origin of Species -

On the Origin of Species

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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. 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.

Product code: 9780199219223

ISBN 9780199219223
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H196xW129xS19
Series Oxford World's Classics
No. Of Pages 432
Publisher Oxford University Press
Edition Revised edition
In the Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. The present edition provides a detailed discussion of his theories and adds an account of the responses of readers to the book on first publication. These cast light on recent controversies, such as questions of design and descent.