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Autobiography of Charles Darwin
This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter. The book was designed for optimal navigation on the eReaders, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the eReaders, Smartphones and other Mobile Devices wit...more
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
Oh, Darwin! I cannot understand how anyone could hate such a passionate and loving soul!
This memoir is a must-read for everyone. It teaches readers how the human-scientist should be: humble, honest and kind. Darwin is an excellent example of the true scientist.
I admit that I have skipped some parts – especially those in which Darwin talked about the details of his ...more
Prima parte - autobiografia - ni-l aduce în prim plan pe omul Darwin, cu dorința sa de cunoaștere, de afirmare în domeniul științific, cu refugiul său în lumea științelor naturale, cu felul în care s-au născut cărțile sale.
A doua parte - ...more
"My chief enjoyment and sole employment throughout life has been scientific work; and the excitement from such work makes me for the time forget, or drives quite away, my daily discomfort."
Darwin was a humble, mild-mannered Englishman whose great power of observation and critical analysis revolutionised our view of the wo ...more
Darwin's actual autobiography is pretty short and makes up only half of the volume. Not a riveting autobiography, but his rambles were pleasant enough, and there were a couple amusing anecdotes. I enjoyed it.
The remaining half is mostly devoted to letters and articles about some controversy between Darwin and Butler which I had absolutely no interest in, and the rest are a couple of Darwin's personal notes, which wa ...more
After all this, he managed 120 pages of au ...more
Ceci est donc son autobiographie, écrite à la toute fin de sa vie. L'avantage de l'édition empruntée, est qu'elle met en couleur différente les corrections du manuscrit apporté par sa femme, Emma Darwi ...more
So I am happy to give it 4 stars, but if Charles Darwin is not a great man for you, then this would not be a good book for you.
I rate Charles Darwin as one of the two greatest men who has ever lived, along with Abraham Lincoln. I never get over the incredible coincidence that these two greatest of men were born ...more
This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. Darwin's ability to self reflect is unmatched by anyone I have read to date. What a treat it is to be allowed to travel through the mind of a humble, compassionate, genius or a man who wrote with his whole heart. This book was originally in ...more
En una parte habla sobre sus gustos literarios y menciona que, para él, ninguna novela puede considerarse "buena" si no tiene al menos un personaje que puedas amar completamente. De ...more
It was a real pleasure to read this book. It truly felt like the legend himself in his frail voice is narrating his life story. It's a very short book and it talks to the ingenuity of Charles Darwin to deliver the message in a most concise manner. A lot to learn in this book and it left me humbled. LOVED IT!!!
I wonder what he would have been like in the day of modern science. Probably, he would still be outstanding.
This edition contains two appendices by son Francis Darwin (1) reminiscences of My Father's Everyday Life. (2) The Religion of Charles Darwin.
The autobiography gives information rega ...more
This auto-biography illustrates how impeccable the merging of persistence with humbleness can be. A true analytical mind, faraway from the typical ethics-restrained research, well before anyone else. Writing about himself, not to be published, but for his kids to read after his death. But also a kind and loving human being, in a repeatedly appearing mild depression caused by his poor physical condition and his great, otherwise, mind.
If biographies can be life-changers for ...more
Darwin was a great collector of facts. He loved to ponder on his ideas. He tested his ideas. He noted things immaculately. He was rigorous.
He loved collecting facts, and scientific experiments. His love of 'finding things out' allowed him to put in the long years in forming each theory and in writing his papers/books.
Thanks to him we now know the revolutionary theory of 'Evolution'. A theory that has lasted 100+ years.
The main topics are his childhood and schooling, his work as a naturalist (a scientist who lacks specialization) and his routine. He talked very little about his wife, but did say her care for him while he was ill quite freque ...more
That said, this is not riveting read. It was published posthumously, edited by his son and later his grandda ...more
...By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported, (and that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become), that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost uncomprehensible by us, that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events, that they differ in many important details, far too important, as it seemed to me, to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses; by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can be hardly denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.
But I was very unwilling to give up my belief... Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished.
And this is a damnable doctrine.”