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Darwin: A Life in Science

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One of the most intriguing aspects of the story that unfolds in these pages is the seeming contradiction between the conventional surface of Charles Darwin's life and the revolutionary implications and effects of theories that placed him in fierce conflict with the scientific community and the religious establishment of his day. An indifferent university student seemingly ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Plume (first published 1995)
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Nikki
This biography of Darwin was less dry than I feared. I've got a couple of Michael White's other biographies, and I've recently read his biography of C.S. Lewis, and it wasn't a fluke that I enjoyed it. He and his co-author wrote very clearly and engagingly; despite Darwin's less than emotional tendencies, they manage to bring out his character very well, at the same time as discussing his science. (Good companion to this book: the Darwin Song Project CD. Karine Polwart's "We're All Leaving" brea ...more
Alex Andra
I will always have a great respect for this man. The qualities that touched me the most were his modesty, open mind - especially for those times - and eagerness to work despite his weak health. I must admit that I was very sad while reading the chapter about his death. However, I don't know if I will ever be 100% evolutionist. I feel that there has to be something more, a deeper meaning...

Once again Malcolm Gladwell 's idea from "Outliers" proves to be right: succes is the result of more cumulat
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Mary
Charles Darwin led a much more interesting life than I had suspected, and the authors write engagingly about it.

Most people probably know that Darwin's father wanted him to become a cleric, but I for one did not know 1) that young Charles was very much a rich socialite who at college age caroused in London with his brother, 2) that after the Beagle voyage, Darwin lived with his wife in London for a number of years before moving to Down House, 3) that he invested with a great deal of care and wa
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Sam
White and Gribbin have produced a thorough and enjoyable insight into the life, work and death of Charles Darwin from his childhood in Shrewsbury to his time on the Beagle and his subsequent life as a published and respected scientist and writer. Although his theory of evolution and Origin have their own chapters, they don't dominate the book but rather compliment the other chapters detailing Darwin's other works, achievements and life as a husband and father. Whilst not the most in depth or ana ...more
Bella
An unexpectedly enjoyable read! It erases false theories of character and gives a solid background of the science he was involved in.
There were a few exaggerated moments, especially the constant explanations concerning his state of health which I found rather boring after a while.
Hallucigenia
A clear explanation of Darwin's Life, how he came to be on the Beagle, and some of the background issues that were relevant in Victorian times.
Chris S
A decent and easy to read overview of his life and his work.
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Michael White is a British writer based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, 'in a previous incarnation', he was a member of the band the Thompson Twins (1982).
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