Author(s): Oliver (AFT) Charles; Francis Darwin
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The Origin of Species Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, which proposed that species had been evolving and differentiating over time under the influence of natural selection. On its publication it became hugely influential, bringing about a seismic shift in the scientific view of humanity's place in the world that is still controversial today. It is both a brilliant work of science and also a clear, vivid and at times even moving, piece of writing that reflects both Darwin's genius and his boundless enthusiasm for the natural world.
With an Afterword by Oliver Francis
A pocket edition of Darwin's classic work of evolutionary biology.
Born in Shropshire in 1809, Charles Darwin studied at Cambridge before sailing on the survey ship HMS Beagle between 1831 and 1836. His subsequent journal, The Voyage of the Beagle, brought him fame and repute. In 1859 he published On the Origin of Species, which he repeatedly revised through six editions. These were followed by The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, in which he fully applied his ideas of evolution to the human species. Darwin also published on subjects including botany, ecology and the expression of emotions in animal and man. He had ten children with his wife Emma, three of whom died in childhood. He died on 19 April 1882, aged 73.