Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition by Churchill alumnus, Daniel Duzdevich

A new book by Churchill alumnus, Daniel Duzdevich provides a modern English rendering of Darwin’s most famous book – On the Origin of Species.

Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition is an attempt to tackle the language of the original, and make the work readable without sacrificing the text’s important concepts. By removing linguistic barriers, the book aims to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the Origin, bringing 21st-century readers into closer contact with Darwin’s revolutionary ideas.

Inspiration for the book came while reading Darwin’s book for the second time:

“I had found some need to change the style of Darwin’s writing, to make the ideas and concepts more apparent to me. This personal experience eventually developed into a greater realisation that others might also benefit if the substance of the Origin were brought into relief from behind the peculiar Victorian language of the original. So I started to write.”

Daniel was an M.Phil student at Churchill College in 2011, studying in the Pharmacology Department.

“A portion of the project was completed during scarce free moments in Cambridge. It was an inspirational place and time for me.”

Daniel is currently pursuing a doctorate in biology at Columbia University, studying the interactions between proteins and DNA. In 2012, he received an award from the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

Published by Indiana University Press, this is Daniel’s first book.


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