The Origin Summary
Irving Stone

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The Origin Summary

T he Origin, the principal character of which is Charles Darwin, is biohistory writing on a grand scale. Darwin, by proving that the only constant force in nature is change, caused theorists to question if the world was created by a single, instantaneous act of God, or by a series of acts each time the creator changed his mind. The drama of The Origin is that Darwin, for years after his world-circling voyage on the Beagle, developed a theory about the origin of species, their development and differentiation through processes of natural selection and survival of the fittest. In time he came to believe that man was included in the ascent through the same kinds of evolutionary processes. The release of this information in "The Evolution of the Species" caused an uproar around the world.

Darwin's overpowering research was made over a period of years and, in...

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