May 15, 2013

Who coined the phrase "survival of the fittest"?

Although frequently associated with Darwinism, this phrase was coined by Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), an English sociologist. It is the process by which organisms that are less well-adapted to their environment tend to perish and better-adapted organisms tend to survive. (The Handy Science Answer Book, compiled by the Science and Technology department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)