On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species is the magnum opus of Charles Darwin, originally titled On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

No other science book has created such a revolt in both the scientific and civil society, and even today the book is discussed, misunderstood and disputed.

The book is based on the scientific travels, observations and studies of Charles Darwin – initially on the good ship HMS Beagle – and it is recognized as the foundation of modern evolutionary biology. A reason for its popularity was that it is written for the general public and thus an early example of popular science writing. Download the book here as a free PDF-ebook (247 pages/0.5MB):

Origin of Species


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