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Hailed as the definitive biography, this monumental work explains the character and paradoxes of Charles Darwin and opens up the full panorama of Victorian science, theology, and mores. The authors bring to life Darwin's reckless student days in Cambridge, his epic five-year voyage on the Beagle, and his grueling struggle to develop his theory of evolution.Adrian Desmond and James Moore's gripping narrative reveals the great personal cost to Darwin of pursuing inflammatory truths--telling the whole story of how he came to his epoch-making conclusions.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 1994, c1991
ISBN: 9780393311501
Branch Call Number: B DARWIN
Characteristics: xxi, 808 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Moore, James R. (James Richard), 1947-


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Jan 20, 2013

I loved this 667 page dense book, although it was very challenging to read. I almost gave up until I reached pg. 115 where the recounting of his 5 yr. amazing voyage (1831-36) on the HMS Beagle begins, after which, I was hooked. For me, these are just some of the book's high points: the clever humorous metaphors; the descriptions of his many off-beat experiments; understanding Darwin's 19th century milieu & how it influenced his thinking; and learning about his family and associates ~ inc. over 90 photos. The fact that he formed his theory by abt. 1839 (not published until 1859) without the advantage of much later discoveries ~ such as age-dating artifacts, knowledge of DNA and the finds of ancient human fossils~ is astonishing!


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