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On the Origin of Species

According to Textbook Revolution, a student-run site “dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors,” "This is the classic text on evolution. It is remarkable for its accessibility. Most seminal publications in science are intelligible only to expert readers. Darwin, in contrast, built his argument on simple logic and readily observed facts of nature – no special training is required to understand his...

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Arnie Schoenberg
Arnie Schoenberg (Faculty)
7 years ago

This is not a "textbook" per se, but the primary source, written by Darwin transcribed and digitized as .html The website has more information about Darwin and includes this text, but this limited book and format could be useful to keep students from getting lost and going-off on tangents.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 years