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by Professor Charles Darwin

Darwin in his Introduction states the following:"The share which worms have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould, which covers the whole surface of the land in every moderately humid country, is the subject of the present volume... I was led to keep in my study during many months worms in pots filled with earth, I became interested in them, and wished to learn how far they acted consciously, and how much mental power they displayed. I was the more desirous to learn something on this head, as few observations of this kind have been made, as far as I know, on animals so low in the scale of organization and so poorly provided with sense-organs, as are earth-worms.

Charles Darwin, born on February 12, 1809, was a famous English biologist and the father of evolution, grew up in England and as a young man he earned a reputation among scientists as an amateur naturalist, particularly in the identification of beetles. He started to study medicine but changed his career to study theology at Cambridge. In 1831, at age 22, Darwin was invited to travel as an unpaid naturalist on the voyage of the Beagle, an expedition that lasted for years. Darwin was observant, well read and prepared for such an opportunity. During these five years, he studied the animals, plants, land formations and fossils of many countries and islands, and kept a journal and specimens for future studies. One of the places that Darwin visited during his trip was the Galapagos archipelago. He stayed there for five weeks and studied the flora and fauna of the islands. His first task upon return was to review his journal and organize his collections. By the time he had finis! hed, at the age of 29, he had developed much of his theory on the evolution of species. But Darwin was not ready to publish his theory until he had gathered enough supporting evidence. He spent 20 years on this task, and in 1859 he finally published On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection. When this work was first published, the edition sold out immediately, but the newspapers and scientific journals attacked Darwin's theory.

Download The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, with Observations on Their Habits. epub
ISBN: 0898753147
ISBN13: 978-0898753141
Category: Other
Subcategory: Science & Mathematics
Author: Professor Charles Darwin
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (April 1, 2001)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1293 kb
FB2 size: 1955 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 632
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the text refers to figures that are not included in the text but are displayed in "look inside" giving the buyer a misinformed idea of what will be received. the accompanying photo which is in the "look inside" is actually NOT in the book. I returned the book and will continue looking for a copy with the figures as part of the text. Moreover, the table of contents indicates the book is 326 pages but the publisher's note indicates that this book has less content.
Not really a book as much as a extremely poor photocopy of the pages that were never reviewed for clarity. Half the pages are blackened out so that you cannot see any type - see photos.
This edition is not useful for scholarly work. It has no page numbers, no table of contents, and no bibliographical information. Chapter headings are hard to find as thy do not start on top of a new page, nor are they in a different font. It is impossible to use a text like this. The publishers need to think again; I don't think Amazon should be selling a book of such a poor quality.
I think it's wonderful that I can read Darwin's words. I am thrilled he spent so much time studying worms. However, no diagrams, drawings or ANY illustrations of any kind make this book very incomplete. I have tried to reference separately with minimal success. Very disappointing.
The Forgotten Books reprint of this book has a big drawback: it is incomplete. The book stops on pg 262, just a couple paragraphs into Chapter VI. An incomplete sentence at the end of the page dangles and on the back of that page a barcode indicates that was all that was printed in the book. The positive thing I could say is that the font for this edition is quite big and there aren't any distracting marks or blurry words that were reproduced when the facsimile edition was copied. However, Forgotten Books has reproduced an edition that is unacceptable.
Brick my own
Darwin gets a 5, the printing gets a 1/2 a star.

The actual writing by Darwin is excellent. He is a thoughtful and thorough writer who manages to entertain even in a subject as seemingly dull as worms. But... this book is a dreadful reprint. No page numbers, no contents, NONE of the figures reprinted, and the entire thing is done in the tiniest print imaginable. A horrible job by the printers.
This last book of his is so awesome, shows the scientific method in action, with simple, understandable words. And, it covers more than "worms" but the worm parts are fascinating--did you know they can "think" and make decisions? Do you know why ancient monuments are buried? ETC. It is short, highly readable and I've purchased tons of this book over the year for friends interested in nature, curious about the world, of which you have an amazing creature nearby right by your back yard.
I have been looking forward to reading this book for many years and was extremely disappointed with this copy. With no publishers information available except city and date of print, this is very clearly an illegal printing. The formatting is nonexistent - page numbers are listed IN TEXT, often in the middle of a paragraph, and chapter headings are almost indistinguishable from the text itself. Again, very disappointed in this print.