The Origin then and now : an interpretive guide to the Origin of species David N. Reznick ; with an introduction by Michael Ruse Princeton : Princeton University Press, c 2010 Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. xvi, 432 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species is one of the most widely cited books in modern science. Yet tackling this work can be daunting for students and general readers alike because of Darwin’s Victorian prose – the only clear part of the work – and the complexity and scope of his ideas which ranged from fantastic conjecture to wild surmise to unsustainable conclusions.
The “Origin” Then and Now is a guide to Darwin’s work, making it accessible to a much wider audience by deconstructing and reorganizing the Origin in a way that allows for a modern explanation of its key concepts. The Origin is examined within the historical context in which it was written, and modern examples are used to reveal how – if not why – this work remains a much cited document today.In this guide, Reznick shows how many peculiarities of the Origin can be explained by the state of science in 1859, helping readers to grasp the true scope of Darwin’s departure from the mainstream thinking of his day. He reconciles Darwin’s concept of species with our current concept, which has advanced in important ways since Darwin first wrote the Origin, and he demonstrates why Darwin’s theory unifies the biological sciences under a single conceptual framework much as Newton did for physics. Drawing liberally from the facsimile of the first edition of the Origin, Reznick enables readers to follow along as Darwin develops his ideas.