Cover: The Annotated <i>Origin</i>: A Facsimile of the First Edition of <i>On the Origin of Species</i>, from Harvard University PressCover: The Annotated <i>Origin</i> in PAPERBACK

The Annotated Origin

A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

Introduction and notes by James T. Costa

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$24.50 • £18.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674060173

Publication: April 2011

Academic Trade

576 pages

1 line illustration

Belknap Press

World

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is the most important and yet least read scientific work in the history of science. Now James T. Costa—experienced field biologist, theorist on the evolution of insect sociality, and passionate advocate for teaching Darwin in a society in which a significant proportion of adults believe that life on earth has been created in its present form within the last 10,000 years—has given a new voice to this epochal work. By leading readers line by line through the Origin, Costa brings evolution’s foundational text to life for a new generation.

The Annotated Origin is the edition of Darwin’s masterwork used in Costa’s course at Western Carolina University and in Harvard’s Darwin Summer Course at Oxford. A facsimile of the first edition of 1859 is accompanied by Costa’s extensive marginal annotations, drawing on his extensive experience with Darwin’s ideas in the field, lab, and classroom. This edition makes available an accessible, useful, and practical resource for anyone reading the Origin for the first time or for those who want to reread it with the insights and perspective that a working biologist can provide.