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The Darwin Experience: The Story of the Man and His Theory of Evolution

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Celebrating both the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the electrifying publication of On the Origin of Species, here’s the story of the man and the theory that opened a new chapter in the history of science—transformed into an engaging interactive experience that invites readers to unfold natural selection, evolution, and their challengin ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by National Geographic (first published 2009)
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What a brilliant idea! A book that also contains hold-in-your-hand facsimiles of some of the critical documents in the evolution of, well, Darwin's theory of evolution.

I felt like I was taking almost the same journey of discovery that Darwin did, as pages of notes and illustrations about the voyage of the Beagle, morphed into a coherent theory of the existence of life on this planet. Other scientists probably understood this before Darwin, but kept quiet about it, for fear of attracting criticis
"Worms have played a more important part in the history of the world than most persons would at first suppose."
Anyone who can spend so much time observing quietly the way of the world, including earthworms (he wrote a whole book on them!), is an interesting person. Darwin certainly was...outside of his contributions to science which have withstood all modern tests.
Apart from the content this book is also visually interesting with drawings and bits of ephemera in pockets.
Darwin is mainly known for his theory on evolution but this book makes you realize that he contributed to science much more by touching to geology and biology. He brought more to science than I first thought. The images and pictures are beautiful. The only thing is that I had facsimile documents missing which I find deceving but it is mainly written documents that are undecipherable because of the handwritting.
This is a beautifully illustrated overview of Charles Darwin's life and works. The book includes pockets of good quality facsimile documents from his voyages and writings such as maps, journal entries, and sketches. Darwin lovers (like me) will get the most fun out of this, but it's definitely worth a look for anyone curious about the life, travels, and works of this great man.
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