Synopses & Reviews
Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species is unquestionably one of the chief landmarks in biology. The Origin (as it is widely known) was literally only an abstract of the manuscript Darwin had originally intended to complete and publish as the formal presentation of his views on evolution. Compared with the Origin, his original long manuscript work on Natural Selection, which is presented here and made available for the first time in printed form, has more abundant examples and illustrations of Darwin's argument, plus an extensive citation of sources.
Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species was just an abstract of the manuscript that he had originally intended to publish as the formal presentation of his views on evolution. Natural Selection ñhere available for the first time in printed form ñwas his original long manuscript work and contains more examples and illustrations of his argument.
An original, unpublished manuscript written before the Origin of Species which contains the references to journal articles and books that Darwin used in formulating his controversial ideas. This volume has been edited and annotated and includes a cross-indexing to the Origin.
Table of Contents
Commonly use symbols and abbreviation code; Acknowledgements; General introduction; 1. Editorial considerations; 2. Darwin's table of contents; 3. Possibility of all organic beings crossing; 4. Variation under nature; 5. The struggle for existence; 6. On natural selection; 7. Laws of variation; 8. Difficulties on the theory; 9. Hybridism; 10. Mental powers and instincts of animals; 11. Geographical distribution; Appendices; Bibliography; Guides to the texts of the long and short versions; Collation between the Origin and Natural Selection; Index.