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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Michael Keller
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Feb 17, 2010

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bookshelves: graphic-novel, science, evolution
Read from February 14 to 17, 2010

I always wanted to know what I did or did not know about this most divisive of books.

My reaction to the science was unusual: there were surprising tidbits and ramifications of "survival of the fittest" I had not previously realized and yet at the end of the book it all seemed like common sense and I can't think of what I learned that was new. The science is truly like that, both complex and simple at once.

This was a great introduction and good for beginners, but the prose was a little thick and hard to read at times.

The historical context of where science was before him and where it went after him was a great addition to the book itself, and the illustrations were also a bonus, giving shape to theories as textbooks and their pictures do. Yet as a comic adaptation this version of Origin of Species is even that much more accessible without losing the grandeur of Darwin's life work and all that follows.

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