Necessary

Epithets used by commentators and critics to characterise Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859):

Page from The autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882. With the original omissions restored. Edited and with appendix and notes by his grand-daughter Nora Barlow. London: Collins, 1958.

earth-shattering
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revolutionary
nonsensical
seminal
culture-shaking
contentious
landmark
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watershed
racist
influential
epochal
transformational
big
epoch-making
legendary
world-changing
belief-shattering
iconoclastic
historic
celebrated
explosive
pivotal
great
(r)evolutionary
lauded
infamous
paradigm-shifting
famous
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foolish
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memorable
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historic
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epoch-defining
worldview-changing

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