On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

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D. Appleton, 1869 - Evolution - 432 pages

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The Origins of Species was written for non-specialist readers which led to its widespread interest upon publication, making science accessible for those that weren’t involved in the field. As Darwin was an eminent scientist himself, his findings were taken seriously and the evidence he presented led to meaningful scientific, philosophical, and religious discussions. Within two decades of initial publication, the book led to the widespread scientific agreement that evolution, with a branching pattern of common descent, had occurred, speaking volumes to the influence and talents of Darwin himself. 

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As mentioned by others, this is probably the most important book in history. Changed the way we think of ourselves. It challenged the views created by the all time best selling book. Darwin was so much ahead of his time and it is a shame that he didnt live to see how contributions are appreciated by the modern world.  

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