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Darwin for Beginners

Author : Jonathan Miller
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The Beginner Books -- "Their cartoon format and irreverent wit make difficult ideas accessible and entertaining." -- Newsday aking us through the upheavals in biological thought which made The Origins of Species possible, Jonathan Miller introduces us to that odd revolutionary, Charles Darwin -- a remarkably timid man who spent most of his life in seclusion; a semi-invalid riddled with doubts, fearing the controversy his theories might unleash; yet also the man who finally undermined belief in God's creation. Along the way we meet a fascinating cast of characters: Darwin's scientific predecessors, his contemporaries (including Alfred Russell Wallace, whose anticipation of natural selection forced Darwin to publish), his opponents, and his successors whose work in modern genetics provided necessary modifications to Darwin's own work. Splendidly illustrated, this clever, witty, highly informative book is the perfect introduction to Darwin's life and thought.

Darwin for Beginners

Author : Jonathan Miller
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Darwin

Author : Gill Hands
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This title is an introduction to the life and work of Charles Darwin. It explores: his background and the times he lived in, the development of the theory of natural selection, the scientific basis for evolution and the relevance of his ideas in today's world.

Darwin

Author : John Van Wyhe
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History in your hands... Charles Darwin single-handedly revolutionised the way humanity viewed itself. His theory of natural selection, though shocking and controversial at the time, paved the way for a whole new understanding of both the planet and our place on it. Charles Darwin reveals the famous scientist's life in compelling detail as never before. From his early expedition aboard the Beagle leading to his research in the Galapagos Islands, which bought him into contact with some of nature's most extraordinary creatures, this book examines Darwin's own experiences to show how he created the theories for which he became famous. Drawing on recent studies, it also features at least 30 rare and newly researched removable items of facsimile memorabilia, such as diaries, maps, letters, newspapers, sketches and pages from scientific notebooks. You have heard of the man who changed the world, now you can witness how he did it.

Charles Darwin

Author : Alexandra Hanson-Harding
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Charles Darwin lived in the Victorian era, a time of great change. Many people were debating how life on Earth began. In his twenties, Darwin went on a five-year sea voyage around the world. It shook up his ideas about how life evolved. His radical new insight, natural selection, was so controversial that he feared revealing it for more than twenty years. His classic, "On the Origin of Species," has been called the best science book ever written; it revolutionized biology. This book for young readers reveals the struggles that Darwin faced as he presented his powerful ideas to the world.

Charles Darwin a Man of Enlarged Curiosity

Author : Peter Ludwig Brent
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A provocative new appraisal of the life and legacy of the revolutionary English naturalist analyzes Darwin's personality, psychology, and character development.

Jane Austen Charles Darwin

Author : Peter W. Graham
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Are Jane Austen and Charles Darwin the two great English empiricists of the nineteenth century? Peter W. Graham poses this question as he brings these two icons of nineteenth-century British culture into intellectual conversation in his provocative new book. Graham shows that while the one is generally termed a naturalist (Darwin's preferred term for himself) and the other a novelist, these characterizations are at least partially interchangeable, as each author possessed skills that would serve well in either arena. Both Austen and Darwin are naturalists who look with a sharp, cold eye at the concrete particulars of the world around them. Both are in certain senses novelists who weave densely particularized and convincingly grounded narratives that convey their personal observations and perceptions to wide readerships. When taken seriously, the words and works of Austen and Darwin encourage their readers to look closely at the social and natural worlds around them and form opinions based on individual judgment rather than on transmitted opinion. Graham's four interlocked essays begin by situating Austen and Darwin in the English empirical tradition and focusing on the uncanny similarities in the two writers' respective circumstances and preoccupations. Both Austen and Darwin were fascinated by sibling relations. Both were acute observers and analysts of courtship rituals. Both understood constant change as the way of the world, whether the microcosm under consideration is geological, biological, social, or literary. Both grasped the importance of scale in making observations. Both discerned the connection between minute, particular causes and vast, general effects. Employing the trenchant analytical talents associated with his subjects and informed by a wealth of historical and biographical detail and the best of recent work by historians of science, Graham has given us a new entree into Austen's and Darwin's writings.

Annie s Box

Author : Randal Keynes
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This work takes us into the Darwin family's private world to tell the story of Charles and Emma Darwin's and their first daughter Annie, who died at the age of ten. When Annie was a baby, Darwin doted on her, but also watched her with his researches in mind, and thought about man's animal origins. As Annie grew into a lively child, Darwin worked secretly on his theory of evolution, but his ideas were just one part of the family's life amid the wealth and poverty of Victorian England. Randal Keynes, Darwin's great-great-grandson and the current guardian of Annie's box, conjures up a world in which great thinkers - including Carlyle, Babbage and George Eliot - were struggling with ideas that were to shake mankind to its core.

Darwin

Author : Eugene Byrne
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Darwin: A Graphic Biography is an inspiring expedition into the physical and intellectual adventures of Charles Darwin. Presenting Darwin's life in a smart and entertaining graphic novel, Darwin: A Graphic Biography attempts to not only educate the reader about Darwin but also the scientific world of the 1800s. The graphic medium is ideal for recreating a very specific time frame, succeeding in placing the reader right next to a young Darwin on a "beetling" expedition. With specimens in both hands, and anxious to get another, Darwin ends up stuffing the third beetle into his mouth. Darwin's life presented in this form is an inspirational tale for kids of all ages. They'll be sure to identify with a curious young Darwin finding his way on youthful adventures in the fields near his house. The ups, downs, and near-misses of Darwin's youth are portrayed honestly and without foreshadowing of his later fame. This is a key point for younger readers: that Darwin wasn't somehow predestined to greatness. He was curious, patient, and meticulous. He persevered--a great lesson about what science is all about.

Charles Darwin

Author : J. David Archibald
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Charles Darwin: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works summarizes the life of Charles Darwin who is best known for his theory of evolution. He was a naturalist, a geologist, and a biologist and is one of the most influential figures in history.