The theories propounded by Charles Darwin in The Origin of
Species have had a profound and revolutionary effect, not only
on biology but also on philosophy, history, and theology. His
concept of natural selection has created eruptive disputes among
scientists and religious leaders of his time and ours. The
phenomenal importance of his brilliant work is universally
recognized, but the present volume marks the first scholarly
attempt to compile a complete variorum edition of The Origin of
Species, covering all of the extensive variants in the six
texts published between 1859 and 1872.
Darwin's changes were extensive. His book grew by a third as he
rewrote many passages four or five times, and in this edition Morse
Peckham has recorded every one of those changes. A book of such
distinctive dimensions, on a subject of such profound importance,
will be of intense interest to historians of biology, evolution,
science, literature, and cultural development. It will be an
invaluable aid to the clarification and full comprehension of this
complex and renowned scientific classic.
Subjects: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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