The founder of evolution himself gives his thoughts on how the world became what it is today. This is a very interesting read.
Darwin does a very good job of laying out his case. Even if you don't agree with his conclusion, reading how he arrived at it is very enlightening.
Excellent read! Highly recommended.
Charles Darwin. What more do I have to say?!
I found this to be a very hard book to follow, it seem to repeat itself a lot, but that could be just me. Other people seemed to enjoy his philosophy regarding natural selection. But here is a barnesandnoble.com review of what they have to say about the book....
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On December 27, 1831, the young naturalist Charles Darwin left Plymouth Harbor aboard the HMS Beagle. For the next five years, he conducted research on plants and animals from around the globe, amassing a body of evidence that would culminate in one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankindthe theory of evolution.
Darwin presented his stunning insights in a landmark book that forever altered the way human beings view themselves and the world they live in. In The Origin of Species, he convincingly demonstrates the fact of evolution: that existing animals and plants cannot have appeared separately but must have slowly transformed from ancestral creatures. Most important, the book fully explains the mechanism that effects such a transformation: natural selection, the idea that made evolution scientifically intelligible for the first time.
One of the few revolutionary works of science that is engrossingly readable, The Origin of Species not only launched the science of modern biology but also has influenced virtually all subsequent literary, philosophical, and religious thinking.
George Levine, Kenneth Burke Professor of English Literature at Rutgers University, has written extensively about Darwin and the relation of science and literature, particularly in Darwin and the Novelists. He is the author of many related books, including The Realistic Imagination, Dying to Know, and his birdwatching memoirs, Lifebirds.