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.
'Natural Selection is a joy to read. It is full of insights and subtle observations that never found their way into the Origin.' Science
' ... enables all interested in evolutionary theories to appreciate the background information on which Darwin based the statements he made and the conclusions he reached in the Origin.' New Scientist
Natural Selection is the manuscript on which Darwin based his landmark volume, On the Origin of Species.
This edition, first published in 1975 and now available in paperback, presented, for the first time, the complete work; a formal and thorough presentation of Darwin's views on evolution. Compared with the Origin, the original long work on Natural Selection has more abundant examples and illustrations of Darwin's argument, plus an extensive citation of sources and references, which were totally absent from The Origin of Species. Professor Stauffer has edited Darwin's manuscript with meticulous care, without departing from Darwin's own words, to make the lengthy text as readable as possible, clarifying Darwin's source of citations and explaining the interrelationship of this work with other papers and published material.
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An original, unpublished manuscript written before the Origin of Species which contains the references to journal articles and books that Darwin used in formulating his controversial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.