'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin.

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Change is an evolutionary process, whether it be gradual or instant, it is progressionary nevertheless. Without the process of change, nothing can move forward, nothing can advance. This aspect of change is presented in a number of texts, including The Poetry of Gwen Harwood, 'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin, the feature film 'Memento' directed by Christopher Noland, and 'The Door' by Miroslav Holub. Each of these texts present differing types of changes, but the idea that advancement is dependant on change is present in all of them.

'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin, a British naturalist, presented the revolutionary idea that all living things on Earth evolved from organisms. The book itself is in fact an abstract of a 20 volume thesis supporting the concept of evolution by natural selection, which is written as a comprehensive summary of the main thesis.

Darwin believed that through the gradual process of change known as evolution, all life has evolved from, and can be linked back to common ancestors. This proposition created an uproar in the community, which, back in those times, was very devout. While it was not solely Darwin who proposed evolution, it is his name that is synonymous with it.

There are several points in time which have changed the way people look upon the world around us. Finding out the world is not flat, but rather round is one. The fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than the reverse, is another. Darwin's Theory of evolutionary selection rates right up there with these. Without these evolutionary changes, our perception of the universe would be primitive in relation to what we now know.

It can been seen by the examination of Darwin's 'The Origin of Species', that is...