Thursday, October 15, 2009

On the Origin of Species: The Illustrated Edition

David Quammen, a science writer who wrote one of the best books on evolution out there, The Song of the Dodo, has published an illustrated, annotated version of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, the Charles Darwin classic. This volume is reviewed by John Lynch in Science Blogs. Lynch writes:
David Quammen has produced a very nice edition of Origin that relies on the first edition for its text but supplements it with extracts from The Voyage of the Beagle and Darwin's Autobiography while simultaneous profusely illustrating it with period illustrations, Darwinalia, and modern photos of species that Darwin refers to. All-in-all this is an excellent way for the Darwin neophyte to experience Origin and get some nice background into Darwin's life and time. Highly recommended!
Think of it as an antidote to the Charles Darwin Bible.

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