, Jun 6, 2010
- 220 pages
Few books have changed the course of civilization as much as Charles Darwin's groundbreaking The Origin of the Species. Assembled from Darwin's voyage aboard the Beagle in the early 1800s, the book covers an analysis of his observations, experiments and research that changed the way we think about evolution and our own origins. Natural Selection covers this essential part of Darwin's larger work, but it alone led Thomas Huxley, English biologist, to remark to himself, "How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!" Natural Selection is made all the more remarkable in that its theories were so advanced for their time that science could not prove them until the emergence of modern evolutionary synthesis between the 1930s and 1950s, almost a century after the book was first published.