The Compact Guide: Charles Darwin reveals the famous scientist's life in compelling detail.
From his expedition aboard the Beagle and his legendary research in the Galapagos Islands, to his marriage and illness and the publication of his groundbreaking works, this book sheds fascinating light on the most remarkable aspects of Darwin's life – the extraordinary adventure of discovery that led Darwin to some of his greatest breakthroughs; the controversy with Alfred Russel Wallace on who first originated the idea of evolution by natural selection; and the Darwin family's prosperous but often tragic home life, and how Charles became one of the first Victorians to reject religion and God.
Dr John van Wyhe is an historian of science at the Department of Biological Sciences and a Fellow of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore. He is the founder and Director of Darwin Online, has edited a volume of Darwin's complete shorter publications and a volume of his notebooks from the voyage of the Beagle. He lectures and broadcasts on Darwin around the world.