Synopses & Reviews
In The Origin of Species
(1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply-held beliefs of the Western world. Arguing for a material, not divine, origin of species, he showed that new species are achieved by "natural selection." The Origin
communicates the enthusiasm of original thinking in an open, descriptive style, and Darwin's emphasis on the value of diversity speaks more strongly now than ever. As well as a stimulating introduction and detailed notes, this edition offers a register of the many writers referred to by Darwin in the text.
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"...There is an excellent introduction to set the stage and a glossary to help with the terms.... All serious students of biology should read this booK."--The Science Teacher
About the Author
Dame Gillian Beer is Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. Her Darwin's Plots
(1983; second edition 2000) was followed by Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter
(1996). More recently she has been working on Carroll's Alice
books in the context of nineteenth-century intellectual controversies and a new collection of her essays on literature and science is scheduled for 2008.