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From So Simple a Beginning: Voyage of the Beagle/Origin of Species/Descent of Man/Expression of Emotions in Man & Animals

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Never before have the four great works of Charles Darwin--Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle (1845), The Origin of Species (1859), The Descent of Man (1871), and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)--been collected under one cover. Undertaking this challenging endeavor 123 years after Darwin's death, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson has written an i ...more
Hardcover, 1706 pages
Published November 7th 2005 by W.W. Norton
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Robert M.  Aber
Mine is the paperback with Nobel Laureate James Watson's intro. Dispite the cover's misleading ".... with notes by Watson," all JW actually wrote was a slightly self-appreciative This-Was-My-Favorite-Book-At-Age-14 three-pages. Fine - and if Linus Pauling hadn't made an error in addition, HE'D have had DNA'S "Double-Helix" before you and Francis Crick. So it goes....

Darwin's "Beagle" is the fascinating, travelogue-like first of his Great Four - and provides enough momentum [or it did me at least
David Boyle
For anyone willing to invest the effort, this book documents the long and tedious process by which Charles Darwin came to his dogma-shattering conclusion that every living thing evolves. He was an amazing observer, a first rate scientist, and a man able to see the world for what it was as opposed to what historians of the time thought it was. The Voyage of the Beagle is worth the price of admission all by itself.
Apr 04, 2008 Benjamin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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While I've not completed this weighty compendium I can say with authority that the "Voyage of the Beagle" provides great insight into formative observations that would lead Darwin to the theory of natural selection. Ironically, given that Darwin said he felt his dedication to science atrophied his appreciation of writing as art, his awe, coupled with his lucidly exact English, "Voyage of the Beagle" contains passages of lyrical beauty that few great authors would disavow - his passage of stones ...more
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Let's be frank - I'll never read these cover to cover, but I love to dip into it now and then. I find browsing Voyage of the Beagle a particularly sobering motivational tool, knowing that the man spent FIVE YEARS on and off that damn boat and was barely 30 when he wrote about it.
Jim Dyer
Darwin wrote many books, and these are the heart of evolutionary theory, in one volume. E.O. Wilson wrote the introductions, and he is one of the most trusted modern evolutionists, winner of Pulitzer prizes, and a Harvard professor - and a writer whose style I deeply enjoy.
Awesome to read these in sequence. I would like to have met Darwin. Anyone who can set up an experiment which he knows will not produce results until after his own death, is really a scientist.
Benjamin Jones
Good book; The Descent of Man is the real prize but each of the other three books are well worth the time to read.
My lovely & wonderful roommate Kate gave me a set of these. Isn't she awesome?
Steven L.
Get your evolution from the horses mouth.
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