Origins: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1822-1859. Anniversary edition.

Origins: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1822-1859. Anniversary edition.

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Origins: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1822-1859. Anniversary edition.

Charles Darwin changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. This fascinating selection of letters, offers a glimpse of his daily experiences, scientific observations, personal concerns and friendships. Beginning with a charming set of letters at the age of twelve, through his university years in Edinburgh and Cambridge up to the publication of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species in 1859, these letters chart one of the most exciting periods of Darwin's life, including the voyage of the Beagle and subsequent studies which led him to develop his theory of natural selection. Darwin's vivid writing style enables the reader to see the world through his own eyes, as he matures from grubby schoolboy in Shropshire to one of the most controversial thinkers of modern times. This is a special Anniversary Edition of the best-selling Burkhardt: Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection, 1825-1859

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ISBN-13: 9780521898621
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2007
Edition description: Anniversary edition
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Frederick Burkhardt (1912-2007) was the founder of the Charles Darwin Correspondence Project, and the associated high profile book series The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 1985- ). He was President of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1957 to 1974, and in 2003 was awarded the American Philosophical Society Thomas Jefferson Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephen Jay Gould; Introduction; Note on the text; Acknowledgements; Symbols and abbreviations; Prologue; Shrewsbury; Edinburgh; Cambridge; The offer; The voyage: South America - East Coast; The voyage: South American - West Coast; Homeward Bound; 1837; 1838; 1839-1843; 1844; 1845-1846; 1847; 1848; 1849; 1850; 1851; 1852-1854; 1855.

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