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Darwin for Beginners (Introducing Series)

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The Beginner Books -- "Their cartoon format and irreverent wit make difficult ideas accessible and entertaining."

-- Newsday

aking us through the upheavals in biological thought which made The Origins of Species possible, Jonathan Miller introduces us to that odd revolutionary, Charles Darwin -- a remarkably timid man who spent most of his life in seclusion; a semi-invalid r...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 15th 2003 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 1982)
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Rylan Perrott
Just like the rest of the "introductory series" this book does a good job of simplifying a difficult subject making it more accessible.

Not my favorite of the series, I would have enjoyed reading a bit more about Darwin's life and struggles. But none the less it has sparked my curiosity and I am quite eager to read more about Darwin and his theories.
Jennifer
This is an interesting look at Darwin. The comic book is a biography, talking about Darwin. What is amazing about this book is that goes through various other scientists, who were active before or during Darwin's life that had their own theories about the life of animals. The book also talks about Darwin not as genius but as an person of average intelligence. Since the theory of evolution isn't very complicated, the book talks a lot about history, which isn't common with the "for Beginners" comi...more
Christine
Overall, this book does a good job of showing what Darwin discovered, went through, and how it changed the world. It's pretty simple to understand.
But wow. Really? It's really inappropriate. There are terribly disgusting pictures and occasional swearing, which I'm unaccustomed to when it comes to reading text books (what this was for me).
So, it's a good read, but don't read it around small children.
Julie Suzanne
This comprehensive book explains everything you've ever wanted to know about Darwin and the facts surrounding his "Origins of the Species." I'm not a science person AT ALL and I was miraculously able to comprehend the book's information, presented in cartoon format. It's witty and entertaining. Highly recommended, especially for people who don't mesh well with science but are curious anyways.
Sarah Vendetti
My husband and I read this small book to each other. I don't think I would have finished it if I read it alone. I am sure very accurate but Darwin wasn't that exciting or interesting of a person from an observational view. what he produced as human is a whole different story, that is not this story.
Eli
Just a fun little overview of Darwin's life and work. Nothing spectacular, but there are lots of cartoons, which keeps it enjoyable. I do wish I could suspend my inner copyeditor; this one needed a firmer eye looking it over before it went to print.
Lawrence
Darwin biography meets Mad Magazine through a natural history lens, this does a great job of comic bookizing the story of how the most important book ever written for empiricists came to be.
Public_enemy
Okay, although Darwinism is today self-evident theory. Last 40 pages were somewhat complicated for me. Illustrations doesn't make sense at all.
Bobbi Kyle
Jun 29, 2012 Bobbi Kyle rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Anthropolgy.
Recommended to Bobbi by: school
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I needed to read this for my Anthropology class. It was a very simple way to learn about Darwin.
Dan Wilson
good intro to the topic.
Steve
Fun and edifying.
Robert
Buku yang ditulis oleh Jonathan Miller dan digambar ilustrasinya oleh Baron van Loon ini diterbitkan oleh Mizan di Indonesia dalam seri buku "For Beginner" lainnya. Buku ini mencoba menjelaskan mengenai biografi Charles Darwin dan teorinya yang sangat terkenal sekaligus kontroversial itu, Teori Evolusi.

Coretan ilustrasi yang disapukan disini cukup impresif, dengan kesan ilustrasi realis di buku-buku kuno yang monokrom. Terkadang ada karakter yang digambar seperti karikatur yang lucu. Namun janga...more
Lutfi Retno
Dulu waktu jaman masih pake seragam putih merah, aku pernah tanya ke guruku. Kalo teori Darwin itu benar, berarti Nabi Adam monyet dong? Sama guruku aku dimarahi. Dia bilang jangan campur adukkan agama dan ilmu pengetahuan (ini juga jawaban guru sejarahku waktu SMA. Malah guruku ngasih petuah: Kau percaya aja deh apa kata buku pelajaranmu kalo pengen dapat nilai bagus).

Baru pas kuliah aku baca buku-buku lain tentang teori Darwin dan orientalisme. Teori darwin itu muncul sekitar jamannya orang E...more
Mike Prochot
What an awesome little book.

Puts Darwin's theories into the perspective of his time and the theories of others who preceded his work and explains what the hoopla was all about. Helps to clarify in a step by step process just how Darwin formulated his theory and forms a great starting point before tackling "Origin of Species".

Irreverent, but fun illustrations add to the overall experience!

Great book for young adults and us older adults who think they know it all.

Finda
Aku selalu suka dengan buku-bukun yang berbau Ilmu Pengetahuan seperti ini, Buku ini kumiliki ketika masih di SMP dulu, dan dari buku inilah aku berhasil membuat satu Karya Tulis yang ketika itu menjadi karya tulis terbaik di SMPku tercinta...SMPN I Solo ...hehehe. Salah satu yang membuatku tertarik dengan Darwin ini adalah keberaniannya untuk menyesuaikan dirinya dengan kenyataan dan kebenaran yang sanggup ditangkapnya. Saya tidak setuju bahwa manusia dan monyet satu nenek moyang, namun bagaima...more
Tazar Oo
အစၥလမၼစ္ အကယ္ဒမစ္ေတြက ဒါ၀င္ကို လက္မခံဘူး။ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြအေနနဲ႔ ဒါ၀င္ကို မသင္ၾကရဘူး။ သင္ရင္ေတာင္ မွားတယ္ဆိုတဲ့ အဆိုကို ဖင္ခုၿပီး တစ္ပါတည္းသင္ရတယ္လို႔ ၾကားမိတယ္။ ခရစ္ယန္ေတြက်ေတာ့ ဒြိသစၥာတရား (Dual Truths) သေဘာမ်ဳိး ပညာသားပါပါ ပံုသြင္းၿပီး လက္ခံတယ္လို႔ဆိုတယ္...။ Creationism နဲ႔ Evolution ကို တြဲရက္သား လက္ခံႏိုင္ေအာင္၊ အခ်င္းခ်င္း ဆန္႔က်င္မေနေအာင္ ပံုသြင္းထားတဲ့ သေဘာမ်ဳိးပဲ...။ သင္းတို႔ကလည္တယ္...။ သက္ဆိုးမရွည္ရွည္ေအာင္ လုပ္တတ္တယ္။

အဲလို ဘာသာေရးဆရာသမားေတြက ဒါ၀င္ကို တီေကာင္ဆားတို႔ထားသလို ေၾကာက္ေနၾကလို႔က...more
Addie
I could have done without some of the illustrations but overall a great book that clearly explained the basics.
غصون ضياء
مقدمة مبسطة للداروينية .. يكشف الكاتب فيها أن نظرية التطور لم تكن سبق لداروين منفردا لكن سبقه فيها أسلافه و علماء معاصرون له مثل والاس .. و الجزء الأخير ن الكتاب يتعرض فيه الكاتب لجريجور مندل و كيف هُمش رغم صحة فرضياته .. يبقى جزء " العشوائية " في النظرية غير مقبول عقليا و لا عقديا و هذا هو اختلافنا مع التطور .. لا يكتفى بالكتاب وحيدا لفهمها .. لكن محاضرات من هنا و هناك لتوضيح الرؤية .. و الحمد لله انه خلص :D
Esraa Muhammed
كتاب مبسط مهم كبدايه عشان تقدر تفهم كلام درايون فيما بعد لتكتشف ان داروين لم يكن الوحيد اللى قدر يوصل لمفهوم التطور بل سبقه كتير ولكنه الوحيد اللى قدر يضيغ النظريه واليه التطور من خلال كتابه اللى اثار ضجه اصل الانواع واللى اتمنى اقدر اقراه
za
Punya buku ini versi terjemahan dalam Bahasa Indonesia. Aku beli dengan harga murah, karena ketika aku beli buku ini sudah termasuk buku lama. Beli untuk koleksi :-)

Sebenarya tidak mudah lho, membaca buku for beginners ini.
Kaethe
One of my college courses used this, Western Civ, I think. It makes for a very good introduction to the subject.
Wayne Stone
links the overall history of thought with pictures too!
Brent
Jun 03, 2012 Brent marked it as to-read
Shelves: history, biography, nature
I love Beginners books.
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Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller CBE is a British theatre and opera director, author, television presenter, humorist and sculptor. Trained as a physician in the late 1950s, he first came to prominence in the 1960s with his role in the comedy review Beyond the Fringe with fellow writers and performers Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. Despite having seen few operas and not knowing how to read mus...more
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