Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species A Graphic

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species A Graphic Adaptation A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous contested and important books of all timeFew books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life Since the moment it was released on November 24 1859 Darwin's masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religionIn Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species author Michael Keller and illustrator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text Including sections about his pioneering research the book's initial public reception his correspondence with other leading scientists as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory this riveting beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin's seminal and still polarizing work 5 star because this graphic novel gave a non STEM person like me a way into learning about this topic that was accessible whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolvedThe challenge of adapting one of the most lauded publications of science into graphic form must have surely given author Michael Keller and illustrator Nicolle Rager Fuller a few sleepless nights And yet the result in content and form is highly commendable Whether you're looking for an introduction an overview or a supplemental learning experience this is an entertaining and enlightening place to start Keller and Fuller augment Darwin's thesis with pictorial representations that add dimension and clarity to complex concepts and biological references You SEE Galeopithecus and the sphinx moth and the Thyacinus without having to visualize it or Google it If there's a knock here it's on the portraiture of the art Fuller's renditions range from exceptional to adeuate with adeuate most often being the historical human characterizations But this is almost inconseuential to the overall impact of the book I still enjoyed it immenselyWith the Origin of Species we now have a structure in which we may make sense of the natural world It is a framework for finally unlocking the deepest mysteries of life with the power of our intellect My only complaint is the visual appearance of the book The text is hand written and very thin pale and hard to read The illustrations were charming and a nice accompaniment to the text but not of the best uality I expected something spectacular but was disappointed I really wasn't sure how to rate this because it's such an unusual entity I mean a science textbook adapted as a graphic novel? Weird huh? Still it was done rather well The illustrations themselves aren't the awesome thing in the world but they added intimacy and spontaneity to the text which is exactly what they needed to do Together this becomes an interesting and fascinating book

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