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Darwin for Beginners

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  241 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 15th 2003 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 1982)
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Rylan Perrott
Mar 05, 2012 Rylan Perrott rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 25, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Oct 31, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
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
Dec 25, 2008 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2008 Sarah Vendetti rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Aug 02, 2008 Lawrence rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 31, 2012 Public_enemy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Okay, although Darwinism is today self-evident theory. Last 40 pages were somewhat complicated for me. Illustrations doesn't make sense at all.
James King
Jan 15, 2015 James King rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
This is a graphic (comic) book, but it really has a lot of good meat to it. I liked the way it laid out what ideas about evolution were in the air prior to Darwin. And, having just read a biography of the early life of Darwin, I enjoyed seeing some of the same material summarized very thoughtfully. But most interesting for me was the later sections that take up problems with Darwin's theory and how it looks in the light of Twentieth Century knowledge of genetics. Of course 30 years have passed s ...more
Bobbi Kyle
Jun 29, 2012 Bobbi Kyle rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Anthropolgy.
Recommended to Bobbi by: school
Shelves: school
I needed to read this for my Anthropology class. It was a very simple way to learn about Darwin.
Dan Wilson
Jul 11, 2015 Dan Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
good intro to the topic.
Jun 06, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
Fun and edifying.
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
Lutfi Retno
Oct 04, 2007 Lutfi Retno rated it it was ok
Shelves: biografi
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
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.

Jun 13, 2015 Türkan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
a concise yet very comprehensive 'introduction to Darwin' book.
It slightly covers Darwin's life, family, scientific world before and after him and of course his theory.
This book deserves 5 stars as it has sparked my curiosity and encouraged me to do some further reading.

BTW, excellent illustrations by Borin Van Loon!

Apr 12, 2008 Finda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buku-koleksiku
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
Christina Chang
Jul 23, 2014 Christina Chang rated it really liked it
"great book. Turns out "the watch" argument against evolution comes from Bishop Paley, and even back then, in the early 1830s, it was called 'intelligent creation' being the explanation for the beautiful efficiency of nature.'" - 2009
Tazar Oo
Dec 28, 2009 Tazar Oo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
အစၥလမၼစ အကယဒမစေတြက ဒါငကို လကမခံဘူး။ ေကာငးသားေတြအေနနဲ ဒါငကို မသငၾကရဘူး။ သငရငေတာင မွားတယဆိုတဲ အဆိုကို ဖငခုၿပီး တစပါတညးသငရတယလို ၾကားမိတယ။ ခရစယနေတြကေတာ ဒြိသစၥာတရား (Dual Truths) သေဘာမဳိး ပညာသားပါပါ ပံုသြငးၿပီး လကခံတယလိုဆိုတယ...။ Creationism နဲ Evolution ကို တြဲရကသား လကခံိုငေအာင၊ အခငးခငး ဆနကငမေနေအာင ပံုသြငးထားတဲ သေဘာမဳိးပဲ...။ သငးတိုကလညတယ...။ သကဆိုးမရွညရွညေအာင လုပတတတယ။

အဲလို ဘာသာေရးဆရာသမားေတြက ဒါငကို တီေကာငဆားတိုထားသလို ေၾကာကေနၾကလိုကို အရမးစိတငစားမိတာပဲ။ ေမာကကလူျဖစဆိုတာကေတာ ခပငယငယ ေမာကံးေအာငေဆာေနတဲ အခ
Addie Madsen
Jun 06, 2014 Addie Madsen rated it really liked it
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
Aug 13, 2012 Esraa Muhammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2007 za rated it liked it
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.
Ravi Warrier
A quick, yet interesting history lesson on one of the scientists that changed the way we look at life forever.
One of my college courses used this, Western Civ, I think. It makes for a very good introduction to the subject.
Wayne Stone
Oct 21, 2009 Wayne Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
links the overall history of thought with pictures too!
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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