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Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution
In her enduring study of the impact of Darwinism on the intellectual climate of the nineteenth century, Gertrude Himmelfarb brings massive documentation to bear in challenging the conventional view of Darwin's greatness. Touching on biography, history, and philosophy, she traces the origins and development of Darwin's views against the opinions of his time; assesses the in ...more
Paperback, 523 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher
(first published 1981)
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A thoroughly researched account of Darwin's life, voyage on the Beagle, scientific writings, and reactions by his contemporaries. My previously sketchy knowledge of Darwin and his relationship to the theory of evolution/natural selection are much more complete after reading this book. Of great interest to me, as well, was the British attitude toward science in the mid-19th century. I learned of this book from the "References" section of Bernard Cohen's Revolution in Science.
Expertly written! I was reading this book at a particularly watery time in my life. And it made me fall in love with the idea of being a pirate. Pirates of the Carribean was out around the same time, so inevitably I fell in love with Johnny Depp and forced my family to buy the VHS of the movie. Those were much simpler times...