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Charles Darwin is the author of The Origin of Species (2019), Works of Charles Darwin: The power of movement in plants (1915), Works of Charles Darwin: Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world (1915), Works of Charles Darwin: The expression of the emotions in man and animals (1915) and other 139 books.

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The Origin of Species

release date: Jan 15, 2019
The Origin of Species
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin must rank as one of the most influential and consequential books ever published, initiating scientific, social and religious ferment ever since its first publication in 1859. Its full title is The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, in some editions prefaced by the word “On.” Darwin describes the book as simply an “abstract” of his ideas, which are more fully fleshed out and supported with detailed examples in his other, more scholarly works (for example, he wrote several long treatises entirely about barnacles). The Origin of Species itself was intended to reach a wider audience and is written in such a way that any reasonably educated and thoughtful reader can follow Darwin’s argument that species of animals and plants are not independent creations, fixed for all time, but mutable. Species have been shaped in response to the effects of natural selection, which Darwin compares to the directed or manual selection by human breeders of domesticated animals. The Origin of Species was eagerly taken up by the reading public, and rapidly went through several editions. This Standard Ebooks edition is based on the sixth edition published by John Murray in 1872, generally considered to be the definitive edition with many amendments and updates by Darwin himself. The Origin of Species has never been out of print and continues to be an extremely popular work. Later scientific discoveries such as the breakthrough of DNA sequencing have refined our concept of some of Darwin’s ideas and given us a better understanding of issues he found puzzling, but the basic thrust of his theory remains unchallenged. This book is part of the Standard Ebooks project, which produces free public domain ebooks.

Works of Charles Darwin: The power of movement in plants

Works of Charles Darwin: Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world

Works of Charles Darwin: The expression of the emotions in man and animals

The Voyage of the Beagle

The Voyage of the Beagle
This is Charles Darwin's chronicle of his five-year journey, beginning in 1831, around the world as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle.

The Descent of man and selection in relation to sex

Journal of Researches Into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World

The Variation of Animals & Plants Under Domestication

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom

The origin of species by means of natural selection...with additions and corrections from 6th and last English ed

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
Again, it has been said by several critics, that when I found that many details of structure in man could not be explained through natural selection, I invented sexual selection; I gave, however, a tolerably clear sketch of this principle in the first edition of the 'Origin of Species, ' and I there stated that it was applicable to man. This subject of sexual selection has been treated at full length in the present work, simply because an opportunity was here first afforded me. I have been struck with the likeness of many of the half-favourable criticisms on sexual selection, with those which appeared at first on natural selection; such as, that it would explain some few details, but certainly was not applicable to the extent to which I have employed it.

The variation of animals and plants under domestication. 2 v

Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands and Parts of South America

Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands and Parts of South America Visited During the Voyage of H. M. S. 'Beagle,'

Charles Darwin's Works: The power of movement in plants

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