Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is perhaps the most famous, and certainly the most controversial, scientific theory ever developed. First published in 1859 in a book titled, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, the theory proposed that human beings - and all living creatures for that matter - had arrived at their current state through a process called natural selection, which is the result of millions of years of adaptation. Darwin found his ideas solidified when on a trip to the Galapagos Islands where evolution had run rampant, and he later put those thoughts into words that almost anyone could understand.
Believe it or not, declaring that living things had been crafted by a natural process instead of being personally created by the Christian god caused a bit of a stir in the Western World. The suggestion that human beings may have descended from apes wasn’t meant as a personal slight at anyone, but people sure took it that way. Even the idea that the Earth was millions of years old was, and unfortunately still is, a highly controversial notion. Scholars, religious figures, and cartoonists alike all lined up to lampoon Charles Darwin and his wild ideas. Fortunately for him, his theory would be “naturally selected” as time went on, and has become the most probable and elegant way of explaining life on Earth as we know it.
The Book Immediately Sold Out Of Its First 1,250 Copies
While Writing The Book, Darwin Formed A Team Of Three Allies Who Agreed To Support Its Publication
A Prominent Christian Novelist Praised Darwin Immediately, But The First Actual Review Took Umbrage With “Men From Monkeys”
The Book Made It To America Within A Year, And Darwin’s Brother Helped Spread It Farther