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*On the Origin of Species

Short Description

On the Origin of Species was the result of Darwin’s work as a naturalist onboard a survey vessel during its five-year voyage to the coast of South America and the outer islands. Through his keen observation and insatiable curiosity, he gathered a wealth of information that he used to develop the first scientifically sound theory of evolution.

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Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species, is considered the father of evolutionary biology, and his book one of the most important and influential books ever published. On the Origin of Species was the result of Darwin’s work as a naturalist on board the survey vessel H.M.S. “Beagle” during its five year voyage to the coast of South America and the outer islands. Through his keen observation and insatiable curiosity he gathered a wealth of information that he used to develop the first scientifically sound theory of evolution. The first edition of the Origin of Species sold out on its first day of publication. One of the reasons for its immediate success was the controversy it aroused by challenging many of the established religious, scientific, and philosophical concepts of the day. Another reason for its continued popularity is that it is one of very few groundbreaking works of science that is truly readable, written in such a way that it is understandable even to the non-specialist. In his introduction to the 1964 facsimile of the first edition, Ernst Mayer writes, “The evolutionist is closer today to the Darwin of 1859 than at any other period in the last 100 years. This is why the Origin is so timely a classic.”