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Publisher's Summary

In 1859, Charles Darwin published a vastly important work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. For centuries, man had been seen as a created species, distinct from any other animal. Then, Darwin persuasively argued that mankind and other species are descended from common ancestors. His theory of "natural selection", also known as "survival of the fittest", explains how life evolved through natural processes. By the 1950s, most scientists accepted the theory. However, it upset many who believed that life was created by a supernatural God, a debate which is perpetuated today. The Science and Discovery series recreates history's 4,000-year journey to better understand the world through scientific means. It is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress.
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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 02-14-07

Excellent overview of evolution

Michael Ghiselin is the highly regarded author of "The Triumph of the Darwinian Method" and has written a very accessible and short history of evolutionary thinking. The reading is excellent and engaging, particularly the passages in which various writers, including Darwin, are quoted.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 10-30-12

Darwin: theory or fact?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, because the evidence presented is faulty.

Has Darwin and Evolution turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all, I'm intrigued to find the answers to the topic.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, but this is not as important as the actual theories presented as fact.

Do you think Darwin and Evolution needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, a book to explain all the parts that were left out; an in-depth study of evolution and Darwin's motives for coming up with it.

Any additional comments?

Only that everything should not be accepted blindly as truth. This is not a bedtime story to help you fall asleep, put your thinking cap on.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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