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On the Origin of Species

Revised Edition

Charles Darwin
Edited by Gillian Beer

November 2008

ISBN: 9780199219223

432 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

This edition of Darwin's great work provides a detailed discussion of his theories and adds an account of the responses of readers to the book on first publication.

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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.

  • Charles Darwin revolutionized our ideas about the natural world and our place in it by introducing the concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest, and his ideas still provoke controversy today.
  • Editor Gillian Beer has writtten extensively about Darwin and about scientific writing in its cultural context. Her wide-ranging introduction considers the development of Darwin's ideas, the scientific context, the nature of his theories and the impact of his work on his contemporaries.
  • Includes a Register of Writers referred to in the text of the Origin, a Glossary of Scientific Terms and an Index.

New to this edition

  • A Postscript to the Introduction considers in detail the first reactions to the work and Darwin's responses to criticism; it considers the controversy in the light of the recent revival of Creationism and Intelligent Design and shows how little has changed.
  • New and up-to-date bibliography.
  • Reset text.

About the Author(s)

Charles Darwin

Edited by Gillian Beer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge

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