Darwin's On the Origin of Species

Darwin's On the Origin of Species : A Modern Rendition

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Charles Darwin's most famous book On the Origin of Species is without question, one of the most important books ever written. While even the grandest works of Victorian English can prove difficult to modern readers, Darwin wrote his text in haste and under intense pressure. For an era in which Darwin is more talked about than read, Daniel Duzdevich offers a clear, modern English rendering of Darwin's first edition. Neither an abridgement nor a summary, this version might best be described as a "translation" for contemporary English readers. A monument to reasoned insight, the Origin illustrates the value of extensive reflection, carefully gathered evidence, and sound scientific reasoning. By removing the linguistic barriers to understanding and appreciating the Origin, this edition aims to bring 21st-century readers into closer contact with Darwin's revolutionary ideas.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 24mm | 459.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253011701
  • 9780253011701
  • 2,037,013

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[This] modernized version provided by Daniel Duzdevich, a doctoral student of biology at Columbia University, doesn't meddle with Darwin's theories or basic exposition and so his edited Origin remains a weighty trek, but he has made the way a lot smoother. * Foreword Reviews *show more

About Daniel Duzdevich

Daniel Duzdevich is a biologist, studying the interactions between proteins and DNA. Duzdevich received an award from the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans in 2012.Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist and award-winning writer based at Imperial College, London. Her first book, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex has been translated into more than 20 languages including Estonian, Korean and Turkish; it was also made into a television show. Since then, her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Guardian, the Financial Times, and National Geographic; for two years, she wrote a weekly online blog about evolutionary biology for the New York Times. She is presently working on her next book.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Olivia JudsonA Note to the ReaderAcknowledgmentsOn the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859) by Charles DarwinIntroductionChapter 1: Variation under DomesticationChapter 2: Variation in NatureChapter 3: The Struggle for ExistenceChapter 4: Natural SelectionChapter 5: VariationChapter 6: Difficulties with the TheoryChapter 7: InstinctChapter 8: HybridsChapter 9: The Imperfection of the Geological RecordChapter 10: The Succession of Organisms in the Geological RecordChapter 11: The Geographical Distribution of LifeChapter 12: Geographical Distribution of Life, ContinuedChapter 13: Affinities between Organisms; Morphology, Embryology, and Rudimentary OrgansChapter 14: Summary and ConclusionNotesRecommended Further ReadingIndexshow more

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