On Natural Selection

On Natural Selection Throughout history some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate dissent war and revolution They have enlightened outrag

  • Title: On Natural Selection
  • Author: Charles Darwin
  • ISBN: 9780141018966
  • Page: 431
  • Format: paperback
  • Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whosThroughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.

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    1. Finally wrapped up this slim volume. I'll go through my notes later, but for now I'll just say it was fascinating how many aspects of evolution Darwin described in almost exactly the same way I learned it in school, from the basics of natural selection to sexual selection, even selection acting upon traits that arise through non-adaptive means (see enpedia/wiki/Spandrel)!Also, it's Darwin's birthday! To celebrate, you should check out the NYTimes' excellent series of articles on Darwin's legacy. [...]

    2. This is the "On Natural Selection" chapter of Darwin's Origin of the Species.Darwin is renowned for his "controversial" theories which are a constant topic of discussion from different groups. Now, I have read a lot about Natural Selection prior to reading it and read different views on it yet the first impression that I had was people don't do him justice. The theory is simple and explained so beautifully in his brillant writing. You can feel the passion and enthusiasm through his picturesque e [...]

    3. “Slow though the process of selection may be, if feeble man can do much by his powers of artificial selection, I can see no limit to the amount of change, to the beauty and infinite complexity of the coadaptations between all organic beings, one with another and with their physical conditions of life.”Such an interesting read. I learned many quirky little facts throughout this, as well as some fairly heavy theory on the natural world - a topic of endless fascination for me.Darwin was quite t [...]

    4. Actual rating 4.5This was an absolutely fascinating read, Charles Darwin was such a concise writer and his thoughts were displayed so easily in this small little novella. I really enjoyed this and it was a great start to my booktubeathon reading!!

    5. Very informative read. I love this collection of books and this is one of the only scientific ones in this series. I had never read an entire of Charles Darwin's essays or books before and I was quite surprised at how advanced and completely his ideas were researched and how little has changed, even in language, from this publication to our modern-day science textbooks. I was even more surprised about how wide a range of species and geographical regions he used as examples, I would like to know [...]

    6. It was incredible reading the original words that officially introduced the world to the beliefs that I hold about how life works. I had to put it down every once in a while to really absorb how wonderful his arguments and deductions are. Only 4 stars for this particular volume because reading the entire On the Origin of Species without "" between paragraphs and ideas is really the full 5-star experience.This is a good 200-page "best of" and I recommend it to anyone that wants a taste, but isn't [...]

    7. Perhaps to the contemporary reader, this books seems ho-hum. We know it well, we've heard it all before. However this is an incredibly important book, a seminal work, certainly worth spending a couple of hours on it. Darwin can be a bit repetitive but it just shows how strongly he felt about this, and the times he waxes lyrical is almost laugh out loud funny. Certainly not something he intended, but then perhaps he never imagined that what he thought of as such revolutionary ideas would become s [...]

    8. whilst this is a pivotal piece of scientific writing, it is very dry reading. As a reader of primarily non-fiction, I can understand why this is dull but also understand the importance of Darwin's work, which I fully support. As a book though, nit one of my favourites, I fully believe however, that this book needs to be in existence so that people are not sucked in to the lies of creationists and creation theory.

    9. From so simple a beginning endless forms of most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved. - Charles Darwin – The theory of evolution is one of the greatest syntheses of all time, encompassing geography, paleontology, genetics, anatomy and so forth. It has been aggregated and accumulated painstakingly by many great minds over many years and continents. Ever since it was fully articulated by Darwin, it left nothing untouched.

    10. It was indeed interesting to read this small segment of the work which changed world history. I think it was well written, Darwin certainly knew what he was talking about and deported every single point he made with a lot of evidence. It was also perfectly easy to understand in relation to language So, although sometimes dry, it was a pleasant read. Not the best thing I have read, but certainly one of the more important ones.

    11. His writing style is quite hard to read. His attention to detail is a bit overwhelming as a reader ad it seems to take him two pages to say a simple thing but I guess you have to put it within the context of the time. Worth reading if you are interested in the subject matter but not a particulary enjoyable read.

    12. An exceptional book by an outstanding thinker. A deep observation made by Darwin and explain it clearly, this will change your perspective looking at life, it certainly changes mine. Some have to die for you to live.

    13. I loved it! If the idea of reading "The Origin of Species" sounds daunting, or something you'd rather not commit to, than this is the book for you. Just some of the key ideas are presented.Out of date language proved a test for me, but that's my own problem.

    14. Well, this isn't something I would just pick up & read a chapter everyday. I don't know how many times I'd just sit there still reading, though."From so simple a beginningendless forms most beautifuland most wonderful havebeen, and are being,evolved."

    15. ON NATURAL SELECTION is an easy to read exploration into Darwin's amazing evolutionary theories. I am a huge fan of his work and even more so after reading this.

    16. This book is lifted from On The Origin of Species. It is no replacement for Origin, but gives a decent idea of how the mechanism of evolution actually works.

    17. Darwin is always wonderful, but I'm quite fond of the Penguin Great Ideas series in general. The slim, concise volumes and those striking embossed covers make these such easy books to carry around.

    18. " To reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us."

    19. You can easily identify Darwin's genius within the clarity, humility and reason with which he bequeaths us his epic legacy! A remarkable book!

    20. "It is so easy to hide our ignorance under such expressions as the 'plan of creation,' 'unity of design,' &c and to think that we give an explanation when we only restate a fact."

    21. Prolisso. Ma molto scientifico, quello sì. È bello notare come sostanzialmente il materiale contento nel libro faccia già parte della nostra (o almeno della mia) cultura. Sembrava di ripassare

    22. Reread only the 4th chapter for my MOOC:We have reason to believe, as stated in the first chapter, that a change in the conditions of life, by specially acting on the reproductive system, causes or increases variability; and in the foregoing case the conditions of life are supposed to have undergone a change, and this would manifestly be favourable to natural selection, by giving a better chance of profitable variations occurring; and unless profitable variations do occur, natural selection can [...]

    23. This is an excerpt from On The Origin Of Species. It's unlikely to teach anyone much about evolution nowadays, but it's interesting to see how much was known about the breadth of species and the unreliability of the fossil record in Darwin's day, and also the absence of the explicit link between natural selection and the emergence of humans. The section at the end discussing potential problems with the theory is very good.

    24. I understand the importance of this work and it´s significance is indisputable.Whilst I would still recommend reading the book "Origin of Species" or this chapter "On Natural Selection" I have to admit that this was one of the most boring books I have read in a while.

    25. Einstein said: 'If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough'. Darwin's theory of Natural Selection is magnificent because it is simple, very beautifully explained and of course has been confirmed to be true. The fundamental idea is: natural resources are finite and species tend to increasing geometrically. That leads to a struggle for subsistence. There is no space (and food) for all. Via a process called 'Natural selection' species with the most advantageous characteris [...]

    26. This is a selection from Charles Darwin's seminal On the Origin of Species. I want to make something clear. I rate books based on two primary criteria: literary value and personal affinity. I base literary value on objective factors like language and literary devices used. I base personal affinity on pure, subjective liking. On Natural Selection introduces the foundation for the theory of evolution, and delves into genetics, something that wasn't known about at the time. The importance of this w [...]

    27. This is a section from On The Origin of Species, published in the Penguin Books "Great Ideas" series.I found parts a little dry, perhaps because Darwin had to go to great lengths to illustrate what we now take for granted. But I think it is extraordinarily worth the read. The average few pages of a college biology text dedicated to the original publication of this theory do not do it justice.It is also remarkable that, while Darwin was very aware that traits are hereditary, the field of genetics [...]

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