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

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


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

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 the letters offer 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 which led to his theory of natural selection are central to these most exciting years of Darwin's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521562126
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/29/1996
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1809

Date of Death:

April 19, 1882

Place of Birth:

Shrewsbury, England

Place of Death:

London, England


B.A. in Theology, Christ¿s College, Cambridge University, 1831

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould; Introduction by Frederick Burkhardt; Editorial note; The Darwin and Wedgwood family tree; Prologue; Edinburgh; Cambridge; The Offer; South America - East Coast; South America - West Coast; Homeward Bound; 1837; 1838; 1839–1843; 1844; 1845; 1846; 1847; 1848; 1849; 1850; 1851; 1852; 1853; 1854; 1855; 1856; 1857; 1858; 1859; Notes; Biographical register; Bibliography of biographical sources; Bibliographical note; Index.

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