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

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 26mm | 599.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253011663
  • 9780253011664

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"Students have great difficulty understanding Darwin's Origin--as do many trained biologists... Daniel Duzdevich's modern rendition of the 1859 text is a most useful addition to the general understanding of this major revision in biology. He has presented a full account of Darwin's ideas in the original and in a form that makes them far more understandable to the average person who is not a specialist in evolutionary theory." - Walter Brock, Columbia University "There is a long tradition of 'translating' or retelling works in the humanities--Charles Lamb's prose versions of Shakespeare's plays and the multiple renderings of the Bible into modern English come immediately to mind. This book may be a first for a scientific work, where an attempt is made to translate a text almost line-by-line and preserve each point in the original. Duzdevich has done a nice job indeed. Even for those who have read the Origin many times, this retelling has the ability to change one's focus, so to speak, and in so doing reinvigorate elements of the original text." - James T. Costa, author of The Annotated Originshow 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 Judson A Note to the Reader Acknowledgments On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859) by Charles Darwin Introduction Chapter 1: Variation under Domestication Chapter 2: Variation in Nature Chapter 3: The Struggle for Existence Chapter 4: Natural Selection Chapter 5: Variation Chapter 6: Difficulties with the Theory Chapter 7: Instinct Chapter 8: Hybrids Chapter 9: The Imperfection of the Geological Record Chapter 10: The Succession of Organisms in the Geological Record Chapter 11: The Geographical Distribution of Life Chapter 12: Geographical Distribution of Life, Continued Chapter 13: Affinities between Organisms; Morphology, Embryology, and Rudimentary Organs Chapter 14: Summary and Conclusion Notes Recommended Further Reading Indexshow more

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