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 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 If you were going to make a list of books that would be difficult to do a graphic novel adaptation of, Darwin s On the Origin of Species, would be an excellent candidate for that list.So some serious degree of difficulty points for Michael Keller for making the attempt.I was not surprised to find the results were a mixed bag Darwin relies heavily on shear volume of evidence to make his case for natural selection as the mechanism for evolution And while a picture may be worth a thousand words, If you were going to make a list of books that would be difficult to do a graphic novel adaptation of, Darwin s On the Origin of Species, would be an excellent candidate for that list.So some serious degree of difficulty points for Michael Keller for making the attempt.I was not surprised to find the results were a mixed bag Darwin relies heavily on shear volume of evidence to make his case for natural selection as the mechanism for evolution And while a picture may be worth a thousand words, a limited number of pictures does not, as it turn out, add up to hundreds of detailed lines of evidence.In spite of the size of Darwin s original work, Keller felt the need to add material The beginning of this book is essentially a biography of Darwin The end gives a summary of the major discoveries in the field of evolution since Darwin s time Both of these segments were among the most enjoyable parts of the graphic novel.There were many good, creative uses of illustration to show examples and to reinforce points from Darwin s theory The book has some absolutely beautiful artwork in places, and some of the page design is excellent But the visual quality is a bit inconsistent Some of the drawings worked for me and some did not.This felt a bit too rambling to be a really good tight synopsis of Darwin s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, but it struggles to bring to bear the volume of evidence seen in the original work.That being said, the degree to which it does succeed is impressive considering what it is attempting to accomplish, and it does contain some really beautiful nature illustrations 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, evolved The 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 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, evolved The 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 adequate, with adequate most often being the historical human characterizations But this is almost inconsequential to the overall impact of the book, I still enjoyed it immensely With 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 quality 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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