Jonathan Clements is a writer specializing in history and biography. He is the author of more than a dozen biographies of prominent people, including Marco Polo, Mao, and Confucius. He lives in London.
Darwin's Notebook: The Life, Times, and Discoveries of Charles Robert Darwinby Jonathan Clements
One of the most fascinating writers and scientists the world has ever seen, Charles Darwin is presented in this journal-like biography through his personal writings and discoveries. Progress with Darwin through his early schooling, his studies in the Galapagos Islands, the writing and publication of The Evolution of Species, and his long-term legacy. This is/i>
One of the most fascinating writers and scientists the world has ever seen, Charles Darwin is presented in this journal-like biography through his personal writings and discoveries. Progress with Darwin through his early schooling, his studies in the Galapagos Islands, the writing and publication of The Evolution of Species, and his long-term legacy. This is a detailed account of Darwin's life and discoveries, but it is written, designed, and illustrated to resemble a personal notebook or journal.
On the bicentennial anniversary of his birth, Clements provides an intimate look into Darwin's degeneration of faith, his personal relationships, the acclaim and criticism from scholars and friends, and his lasting legacy to science. Discover both the scientific and personal sides of Charles Darwin with this beautifully bound, illustrated biography.
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I’m a high school sophomore doing a research project on Charles Darwin. Darwin’s notebook by Jonathan Clements is an autobiography that takes readers on the life journey of Charles Darwin. This autobiography could possibly be the best autobiography for a high-school research project for a variety of reasons. A major factor that set apart my book from others I’ve read, is that the information it provided. In most autobiographies the information could be dry and hard to read if you don’t have interest in the topic or person, but this book was the exact opposite. The author’s summation of Charles’ whole life was in this book although it providing just the right amount of detail. The obstacles Darwin went through when on his road to success were thrilling as well interesting as it kept me and eager to hear how Darwin would explain his discoveries and prove their accuracy. The book was also amazing with the addition of little cartoons depicting either Darwin’s ideologies or discoveries. Having the pictures there for almost every page was so helpful when the theories sometimes weren’t so clear. Before reading this book I had read Chapters about Charles Darwin is my biology book or my history book but both didn’t contain very important information about the scientific theories and mentors that influenced him in his theological ideals before he traveled on the Beagle. Besides in this book no other article or science chapter about Charles Darwin talks about the position of Darwin’s homeland England on the global scale and how England’s dominance affected the scientific thought of naturalists with the presence of slavery. All information regarding Darwin’s childhood life, occupational life, and personal life were relevent in the book to his success and captured the building blocks that to his major achievements in the scientific World. I strongly recommend this book to all audiences because it gives insight on how humans and different species came to exist and also explains the effect of colonization and European dominance.
The main title is a little misleading; it suggests that this book is a record of Darwin's notes. The subtitle is more accurate. This is really a short biography of Darwin and a summary of his work and influence. What makes it interesting and helpful are the many maps, illustrations, photographs, and other graphic elements. A very enjoyable little book. It would make a great introduction to a study of Darwin.