Charles Darwin: The Power of Place / Edition 1

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place / Edition 1

by E. Janet Browne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691114390

ISBN-13: 9780691114392

Pub. Date: 09/15/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In 1858, Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside. He was not yet a focus of debate; his "big book on species" still lay on his desk as a manuscript. For more than twenty years he had been accumulating material for it, puzzling over the questions that it raised, trying to bring it to a

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In 1858, Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside. He was not yet a focus of debate; his "big book on species" still lay on his desk as a manuscript. For more than twenty years he had been accumulating material for it, puzzling over the questions that it raised, trying to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion, and wanting to be certain that his startling theory of evolution was correct.

It is at this point that the concluding volume of Janet Browne's magisterial biography opens. Beginning with the extraordinary events that finally forced the Origin of Species into print, we come to the years of fame and controversy. Here, Browne does dramatic justice to all aspects of the Darwinian revolution, from a fascinating examination of the Victorian publishing scene to a survey of the debates between scientists and churchmen over evolutionary theory. At the same time, she presents a wonderfully sympathetic and authoritative picture of Darwin himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691114392
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: AUTHOR

CHAPTER 1: Stormy Waters 3
CHAPTER 2: "My Abominable Volume" 43
CHAPTER 3: Publish and Be Damned 82
CHAPTER 4: Four Musketeers 126

Part Two: EXPERIMENTER
CHAPTER 5: Eyes Among the Leaves 165
CHAPTER 6: Battle of the Books 196
CHAPTER 7: Invalid 231
CHAPTER 8: The Burden of Heredity 275

Part Three: CELEBRITY
CHAPTER 9: Son of a Monkey 325
CHAPTER 10: Darwin in the Drawing Room 370
CHAPTER 11: England’s Green and Pleasant Land 407
CHAPTER 12: Home Is the Sailor 446
Notes 499
Bibliography 533
Acknowledgements 569
Index 573

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