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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Darwin Narrator: Robin Fiel Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the nineteenth century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do.

The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion and was soon used to justify the philosophies of communists, socialists, capitalists, and even Germany’s National Socialists. But the most quoted response came from Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin’s friend and also a renowned naturalist, who exclaimed, “How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!”

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  • “It is clear that here is one of the most important contributions ever made to philosophic science; and it is at least behooving on scientists, in the light of the accumulation of evidence which the author has summoned in support of his theory, to reconsider the grounds on which their present doctrine of the origin of species is based.”

    New York Times

  • “Amazingly, 150 years after the publication of The Origin of Species, Darwin’s seminal work on the theory of evolution remains the authoritative tract on the subject.”

    Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey | 2/14/2014

    " This isn't a book you read for entertainment. If you're actually interested in science it's well written and very organized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim Patrick | 2/11/2014

    " An important book of science that nonetheless is not as bold as I expected it to be. Certainly, Darwin himself is bold in his ideas, and he several times scoffs at those can't see the wisdom of his thoughts. But his studies, as he freely admits, are incomplete, and he hedges on some key points (some of which were cleared up by later science). Most surprising are his suggestions (1) that natural selection is the key, but not the only, method of species development; (2) that natural selection does not close the door on abiogenesis (life from non-life) by a creator; and (3) that his entire theory could fail if such-and-such an experiment is found to be false. Writing in the pre-DNA days, it's no surprise that there are (by our modern standards) scientific issues with the text. But surprising what he came up with with just a microscope and a whole lot of time to think while watching birds on the Galapagos Islands. The book lacks sufficient detail to be a rigorous peer-reviewed text, but sometimes drones on and one about experiments that, through exciting for a geologist or biologist, do nothing to bring the general reader along. But despite its deficiencies, it was certainly a book for the ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phoebe | 2/10/2014

    " The issue I find most difficult as far as evolotionary theory by random mutation is in wondering if there really has been enought time. Darwin dealt intelligently with this issue, however I still have reservations as in fact does increasingly, the scientific community (epigenetics etc.) I could never understand why people felt Darwin and Lamarck are opposed and if you read this book you will find they personally were not (at least not Darwin to Lamarck) Darwin writes extremely well and proves himself to be a scientist of the first calibre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan Storey | 2/5/2014

    " Can be tough going, but some of it is written so elloquently it is a piece of art, other parts seem to labour on. "

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Author Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809–1882) was an English naturalist and the first evolutionary biologist, best known for his controversial and groundbreaking The Origin of Species. He introduced the concept of natural selection, marking a new epoch in the scientific world. The importance of his work was well recognized by his contemporaries; he was elected to the Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences and was also honored by burial in Westminster Abbey after he died.