Even for the non-specialist the book is quite readable, and it attracted widespread interest on publication. Although the ideas presented in it are supported by overwhelming scientific evidence and are widely accepted by scientists today, they are still, in some parts of the world, highly controversial, particularly among non-scientists who perceive them to contradict their own view of the facts and various religious texts (see Creation-evolution controversy).
1.1 Before "The Origin"
1.2 Inception of Darwin's theory
1.3 First writings on the theory
2.1 Publication of The Origin
3 Darwin's theory, as presented
3.1 The basic theory
3.2 Variation and heredity
4 Public reaction
5 Misconceptions, and comparison to Wallace's theory
6 Philosophical implications
8 External links
9 See also
Before "The Origin"
Main article: history of evolutionary thought
The idea of biological evolution was supported in Classical times by the...