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.
Frontmatter CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Abbreviations ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. Half-title Epigraphs Title-Page Contents Instruction to Binder Additions and Corrections Historical Sketch Introduction Chapter I. Variation under Domestication Chapter II. Variation under Nature Chapter III. Struggle for Existence Chapter IV. Natural Selection Chapter V. Laws of Variation Chapter VI. Difficulties on Theory Chapter VII. Instinct Chapter VIII. Hybridism Chapter IX. On the Imperfection of the Geological Record Chapter X. On the Geological Succession of Organic Beings Chapter XI. Geographical Distribution Chapter XII. Geographical Distribution-continued Chapter XIII. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology: Embryology: Rudimentary Organs Chapter XIV. Recapitulation and Conclusion GLOSSARY APPENDICES ALPHABETICAL LIST OF CHAPTER SUB-TITLES INDEX
With a reproduction of the t.p. of the original ed. published in 1859 under title: On the origin of species by means of natural selection. First paperback edition 2006. Includes bibliographical references and index.