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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.
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
Education:B.A. in Theology, Christ¿s College, Cambridge University, 1831
Table of ContentsForeword 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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This is the human story behind the making of The Origin of Species.