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Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection, 1825-1859
     

Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection, 1825-1859

by Charles Darwin, Frederick Burkhardt (Editor), Stephen Jay Gould (Foreword by)
 
Charles Darwin stands as a towering figure in the history of science, who changed the direction of modern thought in establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. This unique selection of his letters offers a fascinating window onto the daily experience of Darwin as naturalist and family man, from his early years at Edinburgh University up to the publication of The

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Charles Darwin stands as a towering figure in the history of science, who changed the direction of modern thought in establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. This unique selection of his letters offers a fascinating window onto the daily experience of Darwin as naturalist and family man, from his early years at Edinburgh University up to the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859. The voyage of the Beagle and the subsequent findings that led to his theory of natural selection are central to these most exciting years of Darwin's life.

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"...no one could possibly match Darwin for fascination and appeal--a remarkably genial man who must inspire affection, but also a strikingly complex and often cryptic person, whose contradictory desires and influences cannot be resolved into coherence...the wonderfully expressive and richly varied letters of Charles Darwin represent one of the great dramas of western history." Stephen Jay Gould, from the Foreword

"This is the human story behind the making of The Origin of Species. Frederick Burkhardt has selected the most fascinating letters, to reveal the private life of a minor squire's son whose dark secret was destined to shake the world. A perfect compendium." Adrian Desmond

"I recommend these selected letters to anyone with an interest in Charles Darwin." Earth Sciences History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521566773
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Canto Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Adrian Desmond
This is the human story behind the making of The Origin of Species.

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Date of Birth:
February 12, 1809
Date of Death:
April 19, 1882
Place of Birth:
Shrewsbury, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
B.A. in Theology, Christ¿s College, Cambridge University, 1831

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