The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries Series)

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries Series)

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by David Quammen
     
 

ISBN-10: 039332995X

ISBN-13: 9780393329957

Pub. Date: 07/30/2007

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication of On the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and what happened

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"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication of On the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and what happened during the course of those two decades? The human drama and scientific basis of these years constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that elucidates the character of a cautious naturalist who initiated an intellectual revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329957
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/30/2007
Series:
Great Discoveries
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
311,514
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents


Home and Dry: an introduction     11
The Fabric Falls: 1837-1839     20
The Kiwi's Egg: 1842-1844     52
Point of Attachment: 1846-1851     84
A Duck for Mr. Darwin: 1848-1857     122
His Abominable Volume: 1858-1859     153
The Fittest Idea: 1860 to the future     205
The Last Beetle: 1876-1882     235
Source Notes     255
Bibliography     271
Acknowledgments     285
Index     289

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