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    Description'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. Darwin's prodigious reading, experimentation, and observations on his travels fed into his great work, which draws on material from the Galapagos Islands to rural Staffordshire, from English back gardens to colonial encounters. 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. The resistances as well as the enthusiasms of the first readers cast light on recent controversies, particularly concerning questions of design and descent. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    On the Origin of Species
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Darwin, Edited by Gillian Beer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199219223
    ISBN 10: 0199219222
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16700
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    DC22: 576.82
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    DC22: 576.8/2
    LC classification: QH365 .O2 2008B
    B&T Approval Code: A60503700
    Thema V1.0: PSAJ
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    one chart
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Dame Gillian Beer is Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. Her Darwin's Plots (1983; second edition 2000) was followed by Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter (1996). More recently she has been working on Carroll's Alice books in the context of nineteenth-century intellectual controversies and a new collection of her essays on literature and science is scheduled for 2008.