Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species A Graphic

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species A Graphic Adaptation My only complaint is the visual appearance of the book The text is hand written and very thin pale and hard to read The illustrations were charming and a nice accompaniment to the text but not of the best uality I expected something spectacular but was disappointed While this was very interesting and very outside of what I normally read I did not really enjoy it I'm not sure this is the type of book that you enjoy for casual reading anyway That being said I did like the book and learned a lot about Darwin's theory in the process of reading this I really wasn't sure how to rate this because it's such an unusual entity I mean a science textbook adapted as a graphic novel? Weird huh? Still it was done rather well The illustrations themselves aren't the awesome thing in the world but they added intimacy and spontaneity to the text which is exactly what they needed to do Together this becomes an interesting and fascinating book A stunning achievement It's difficult to condense Darwin's observations and ideas down to the amount of words available in a graphic format but this book does a wonderful job of it Great illustrations and careful and precise wording are the order of the day in the work This is certainly than just an adaptation of Darwin's On the Origin of Species It footnotes updated information indicating where Darwin was not completely clear on some issues such as inheritance and it has a whole section at the end that extends Darwin's ideas to include those in genetics and other areas that when allied with Darwinian natural selection serve to create the modern synthesis of Darwinism with genetics Very well done A wonderful interpretation of the jist of one of the greatest research publications of all time It is also 20years since I studied the contents herein at the ALs and this book provided a delightful recap of one of my favourite subjects ZoologyI figured that this is the closest I would ever come to reading Darwin's original work What a good thing I bought this book I can't wait for my daughter to read it herself How scholarly can a graphic novel be? This one is surprisingly good though most of its four stars are for the drawings which are just amazing Other than that it is all here speciation isolation genetic drift natural selection niche exploitation sexual selection My problems with the text are small factual ones From the great Ostrich in Africa to its smaller cousins the rhea and emu in South America Forgetting to add and Australia is a small oversight and the origins of the emu are mentioned later on The Tasmanian Tiger is referred to as the Tasmanian wolf Gregor Mendel is described as Austrian which is technically true although he was born and spent most of his life in what is now the Czech Republic he spent most of his life in an Abbey in my home town actually Nevertheless the book captures Darwin's inner struggle between his life's work as a naturalist and his expected role as a clergyman further underlined by the fact that he sat on his work for such a long time before publishing I also like the way it corrects the small meanders in Darwin's theory which have since been explored and refined by others and how it introduces the works of others both those authors by whose works Darwin was influenced such as Lyell Lamarck and Malthus and those who used his work as a basis to build their own theories such as Gould and Dawkins With stunning illustrations and excerpts from the Darwin’s work this book explains and simplifies the concepts of natural selection and evolution A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous contested and important books of all timeFew books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life Since the moment it was released on November 24 1859 Darwin's masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religionIn Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species author Michael Keller and illustrator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text Including sections about his pioneering research the book's initial public reception his correspondence with other leading scientists as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory this riveting beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin's seminal and still polarizing work nice summary of the heavy and difficult to read original book gorgeous illustrations for adults and teens alike 5 star because this graphic novel gave a non STEM person like me a way into learning about this topic that was accessible

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