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In 1859, Charles Darwin published a vastly important work: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. For centuries, man had been seen as a created species, distinct from any other animal. Then, Darwin persuasively argued that mankind and other species are descended from common ancestors. His theory of “natural selection,” also known as “survival of the fittest,” explains how life evolved through natural processes. By the 1950s, most scientists accepted the theory. However, it upset many who believed that life was created by a supernatural God—a debate which is perpetuated today.

The Science and Discovery Series recreates one of history’s most successful journeys—four thousand years of scientific efforts to better understand and control the physical world. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom or accepted practices; this is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and many others are featured.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack | 1/29/2011

    " More readable (and quotable) than I expected. "

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    " Darwin did an excellent job laying out the basics here. Yep...we are simply social animals. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alexandre | 6/4/2010

    " It is incredible that the same man who wrote the "Origin of Species" also wrote this pseudoscientific and racist book! "

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    " legendary in it's racist iconography. a veritable Mein Kampf. "

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About the Author

Dr. Michael Ghiselin is an evolutionary biologist, Darwin scholar, and former zoology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Ghiselin received his doctorate from Stanford University and helped to found the International Society for Bioeconomics. 

About the Narrator

Edwin Newman, narrator of the Science and Discovery series, is a celebrated journalist, author, and lecturer. He was for thirty-five years a television journalist for NBC News, and he’s familiar to millions as a moderator of presidential debates. Mr. Newman tells the story of science and discovery in his distinctively clear and direct style.