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Coral Reefs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781153597579
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/6/2010
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Darwin
Scientist Charles Darwin once asserted that "a scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections -- a mere heart of stone." Indeed, his objective take on evolution asserted in The Origin of Species shook the foundations of traditional religion to its core.

Biography

Robert Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809, into a wealthy and highly respected family. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a doctor and the author of many works, including his well-known Zoonomia, or the Laws of Organic Life, which suggested a theory of evolution. Charles's father, Robert Waring Darwin, was also a prosperous doctor; his mother, Susannah, was the daughter of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the renowned Wedgwood potteries. The Darwins and the Wedgwoods had close and long-standing relations, and Charles was to marry his cousin, Emma Wedgwood.

In 1825 at age sixteen, Darwin matriculated at Edinburgh University to study medicine. There, his early interest in natural history developed, and he studied particularly crustaceans, sea creatures, and beetles. Nauseated by the sight of blood, however, he decided that medicine was not his vocation, left Edinburgh in 1827 and entered Christ's College, Cambridge University, with no clear sense of possible vocation, theology itself being an option. At Cambridge he became friends with J. S. Henslow, a clergyman who was also professor of botany. Although Darwin was to graduate from Cambridge with a B.A. in theology, he spent much time with Henslow, developing his interest in natural science. It was Henslow who secured a position for Darwin on an exploratory expedition aboard the HMS Beagle.

In December 1831, the year he graduated from Cambridge, Darwin embarked upon a five-year voyage to Africa and South America, acting as a companion to the captain, Robert Fitzroy. Darwin spent more time in land expeditions than at sea, where he was always seasick, but during the long voyages he continued his collecting and, cramped in his tiny cabin, meticulously wrote up his ideas. Several years after his return, at the time of the birth of his first son, William, Darwin fell ill. It is conjectured that while in South America he had contracted Chagas's disease, but whatever the cause, the effects were debilitating for the rest of Darwin's life.

By the time he returned to London in 1835, many of his letters, some to scientists like Charles Lyell and Adam Sedgwick, had been read before scientific societies, and he was already a well known and respected naturalist. His first published book, an account of his voyage aboard the Beagle, entitled Journal of Researches, appeared in 1839 and was widely popular. He married the same year; soon after, the family moved from London to a secluded house at Down, in Kent, where Darwin wrote initial sketches of his theory and then preparing himself for the full exposition, spent eight years writing a detailed set of definitive monographs on barnacles.

In 1858, when Darwin was halfway through writing his book, "Natural Selection," A. R. Wallace sent him a paper called, "On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type." In language similar to Darwin's own, Wallace laid out the argument for natural selection. Wallace asked Darwin to help get the paper published -- obviously an alarming development for a man who had given twenty years of his life to getting the argument for natural selection right. Darwin's scientific friends advised him to gather materials giving evidence of his priority but to have the Wallace paper read before the Linnaean Society, along with a brief account of his own ideas. Immediately after the reading, Darwin began work on his "abstract" of "Natural Selection." The result was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, published in 1859. Despite the controversy it generated, it was an immense success and went through five more editions in Darwin's lifetime.

Darwin devoted the rest of his life to researching and writing scientific treatises, drawing on his notebooks and corresponding with scientists all over the world, and thus developing and modifying parts of his larger argument.

Darwin never traveled again and much of his scientific work was done in his own garden and study at home. Others, particularly his "bulldog," T. H. Huxley, fought the battle for evolution publicly, and as Darwin remained quietly ailing at home, his family grew -- he had ten children -- and so did his reputation. Although he was always ill with symptoms that made it impossible for him to work full days, he produced an enormous volume of work. His death, on April 19, 1882, was a national event. Despite the piety of his wife, Emma, Darwin had fallen away from religion as he reflected both on the way nature worked and on the way his favorite daughter, Annie, died painfully from an unknown feverish illness, when she was ten. Nevertheless, ironically, he was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Origin of Species.

Good To Know

Darwin was born on the same day as U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.

He broke his longtime snuff habit by keeping his snuff box in the basement and the key to it in the attic.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    To shellstar from ivorykit

    Read my post res one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Bubblekit

    Noo!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Thunderhawk and Shallowwing

    Name: Thunderhawk<br>
    Age: 18 moons<br>
    Gender: Tom&male<br>
    Description: stormy gray fur with jet black paws and super soft fur with yellow eyes<br>
    Rank: Warrior<br>
    Crush:<br>
    Mate:<br>
    Kits:<br>
    Kin:<br>
    Persona: Meet him<br>
    Theme Song: "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance
    <p>
    Name: Shallowing<br>
    Age: 19 moons<br>
    Gender: She Cat&female<br>
    Description: White with brown tabby patches and glittering green eyes<br>
    Rank: Warrior<br>
    Crush:<br>
    Mate:<br>
    Kits:<br>
    Persona: Meet her<br>
    Theme Song: "She Looks So Perfect" by 5SOS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Pepperpaw and foxpaw

    Names: pepperpaw and foxpaw

    Gender: both female

    Looks: pepperpaw is silver with black fleks all over, foxpaw is very red with white paws and a white tail tip.both have electric blue eyes.

    Age: both are 8 moons

    Kin: dad is dead but mom is a rouge.

    Mate/crush/kits: NO!

    personality: pepperpaw is silly and highspirited and foxpaw is clever and pretty.

    History: Reallly long and complicated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    ~Snowfern's Bio~

    Name:Snowfern<p>
    Gender:Male<p>
    Age:28 moons<p>
    Looks:He is a brilliant white with bright blue eyes<p>
    Mate/Crush:None of either<p>
    History:He was once in and old clan and was a rogue before and after the clan. Now he is here to try a new one.<p>
    Personality:He is kind and strong. He is a great hunter and feirce in battle. Nothing he is afraid of except losing the ones he loves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Stormpaw

    Name if you dont know your mousebrained


    Age 9 moons

    No mates kit or crush plus IM STILL AN APPRENTICE

    personality loyal brave kind and sometimes clueless

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Snowpaws bio

    Shecat age: none of ur concern Appearance: has white long fur with icey blue eyes Personality: nice short temper fiesty sarcastic sometimes Crush: um.... Mate: no Kits: nada History: get to no me first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Nightstorms updated bio

    Name~Nightstorm<p>

    Age~About 4 years<p>

    Rank~Deputy<p>

    Looks~Gray tom with darker grey flecks and blue eyes<p>

    Crush/Mate/Kits~Shellstar/No/No<p>

    Persanaity~Ahh get to know me<p>

    History~He dosent say<p>

    Kin~Cloudstorm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    ShellStar

    Pretty cream colored she cat with soft amber eyes. If I had a crush i wouldnt tell you. Serious and solemn but when excited gets really bubbly. Would die for her clan. Amazing hunter and fighter. Afraid of heights but thats it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Nightstorms and Cloudstorms bio

    Names~Nightstorm and Cloudstorm<p>

    Looks~Night is a gray tom with dark gray flecks. Cloud is a whit tom with tanish spots<p>

    Ages~both are 3 years old<p>

    Persanalitys~Night is brave strong a kind. Cloud is smart quick and sweet.<p>

    Kin~All dead but cloud and night are brothers.<p>

    History~Night dosent say but cloud will tell you if he trusts you<p>

    Mate~Neither have a mate.<p>

    Crushs~Night has a crush on Shellstar and cloud has a crush on no one at the moment<p>

    Other~Ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    SpottedLeopard's Bio

    Name: SpottedLeopard <p>
    Gender: &male <p>
    Age: 24 Moons <p>
    Apperance: He is well built for Defending/Protecting/Fighting. But henot bulding with musle. He hasle light blue eyes and brown,Tan,And Black Spotted Pelt. <p>
    Peesonality: Funny Energetic but he can be serious. <p>
    Breed: Bangle and Calico. Or Calngle. <br>
    Kin- Softlight (Mother Calico) LeopardPelt [Father Bangle] <p>
    Theme: 'Not Going to Die' Skillet and 'Animal I have become' 3 Days grace. <p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Sandstorms bio (")>

    Gender:female
    Mate : none
    Looks all black with blue eyes
    Personality: kind smart brave fierce fiery pretty loyal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    &star ShellStar Bio &star

    Name- are you fluffly kitten me????? <p> Gender/Rank/Age- shecat/leader/a lady never tells... <p> Appearance- tan colored fluffy fur with green eyes and a white underbelly <p> Crush/Mate/Kits- Nightstorm/Nightstorm/maybe later... <p> Personality- authorative and playful at the same time <p> Other- no kin or dramatic history... great hunter decent fighter... afraid of heights but nothing else! <p> Signature in case of imposter- $|-|€|_|_ &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Coral

    "Yeah!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Dragon

    He meows "I wonder what part me dolphin and bird play.."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    CoralClan nursery

    The biggest cave is made from limestone amber and bearl directly below the tallhill.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Morningsun

    Id oike t join

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Redwillow

    Midnightkit, please come back to DawnClan I love you and I want to be your Mother.I am sorry that your life has been harsh, but I need to tell you something even if you don't come back to DawnClan.Leafkit the kit you played with is dead she died of a badger killing her.I was her Mother.Redwillow slowly padded back to her den.Sorry for trespassing she said as she passed the other cats.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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