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The Origin of Species : (Patterns of Life)

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PATTERNS OF LIFE: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the HMS Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence that would form the basis of a world-changing theory: the evolution of species by a process of natural selection. This theory, published as On the Origin of Species in 1859, is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity. Its publication sparked a fierce scientific, religious and philosophical debate which continues to this day.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 178 x 32mm | 374g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784873624
  • 9781784873622
  • 250,274

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"The most important book ever written"
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"Why does Darwin's theory matter now? Because it is the basis of modern biology and much medical research; it provides a tool with which to understand the natural world; it offers a deeper, if imperfect, understanding of our behaviour, about where we came from and where we might be going" * Observer * "The single best idea anybody ever had" -- Daniel Dennet, philosopher "The most important book ever written" * New Scientist * "No other book has so transformed how we look at the natural world and mankind's origins" * Sunday Telegraph * "There are few books that I read more than once but The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin is one" -- David Attenborough
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About Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809 in Shropshire, England. He was educated at Edinburgh University and Christ's College, Cambridge. Between 1831 and 1836 he travelled in South America aboard the HMS Beagle to explore the geology and natural history of the area, and published his journal of findings in 1839. His most famous book On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, appeared in 1859 and is arguably one of the most important scientific works ever published. The theories of evolution and natural selection proposed in this book and The Descent of Man (1871) are still the subject of intense debate and scrutiny today. Charles Darwin died on 19 April 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
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