On The Origin Of Species-Film Tie-In

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In 2009, "On The Origin of Species" celebrates 150 years since first publication in 1859. A non-fiction phenomenon, the book, which appears to question the fundamentals of religion and belief through its scientific reasoning, is still controversial in the present day. Introducing concepts such as the Theory of Evolution and Survival of the Fittest, Darwin's book has become like a sacred text itself, with many people's world-views resting on its powerful shoulders. Richard Dawkins is professor of The Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and the author of best-selling books "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion". A regular feature on television and in the media, he has edited "On The Origin of Species" for a modern reader and his 'priority was to cut those passages which are now known to be wrong' in line with what Darwin would have doubtlessly wanted. This title is edited/abridged by Richard Dawkins. It includes 5CDs/6Hrs/ISBN: 9781906147495/Cat number: TT5CD 309.

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It's hard to talk about The Origin of Species without making statements that seem overwrought and fulsome. But it's true: this is indeed one of the most important and influential books ever written, and it is one of the very few groundbreaking works of science that is truly readable.

To a certain extent it suffers from the Hamlet problem--it's full of clichés! Or what are now clichés, but which Darwin was the first to pen. Natural selection, variation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest: it's all in here.

Darwin's friend and "bulldog" T.H. Huxley said upon reading the Origin, "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Alfred Russel Wallace had thought of the same theory of evolution Darwin did, but it was Darwin who gathered the mass of supporting evidence--on domestic animals and plants, on variability, on sexual selection, on dispersal--that swept most scientists before it. It's hardly necessary to mention that the book is still controversial: Darwin's remark in his conclusion that "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history" is surely the pinnacle of British understatement. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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Jim Endersby's major scholarly edition debunks some of the myths that surround Darwin's book, and expores how it was originally written, published and read. Endersby provides a very readable introduction to this classic text and a level of scholarly apparatus unmatched by any other edition.

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