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Darwin: The Story of the Man and His Theories of Evolution

Biography / Memoir

By: John van Wyhe(Author)

64 pages, 200 colour & b/w photos

Andre Deutsch

Hardback | Sep 2008 | #178478 | ISBN-13: 9780233002514
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Darwin: The Story of the Man and His Theories of Evolution provides an overview of the great scientist's life and theory of evolution. The story opens with the little-known discoveries before Darwin and then traces Darwin's life from his childhood in Shrewsbury through his education before his life-changing voyage on board HMS Beagle as a naturalist. His great work, On the Origin of Species is clearly explained, as well as Darwin's many other revolutionary works.

Darwin: The Story of the Man and His Theories of Evolution is lavishly illustrated with original illustrations and features over 27 illuminating items of facsimile memorabilia, including: handwritten notebooks, diary entries and letters, drafts, notes, sketches and maps that reveal the very fabric of Darwin's life and work.


- Imprint
- Contents and Introduction
- The Abyss of Time
- The Abundance of Nature
- Charles Darwin - Born a naturalist: 1809-25
- Edinburgh University: 1825-27
- University of Cambridge: 1827-31
- The Voyage of the Beagle: 1831-36
- Eastern South America: 1831
- Don Carlos, So Much of a Gaucho: 1832
- Fossil Discoveries: 1832
- Tierra del Fuego and the Shock of the Savage: 1832
- Western South America: 1833-34
- The Galapagos Islands - the True Story: 1835
- Across the Pacific and Around the World: 1835-36
- To Marry or not to Marry?: 1837-39
- Journal of Researches: 1838-43
- Zoology of the Beagle: 1838-43
- Geology of the Beagle: 1838-43
- At home with the Darwins: 1839-53
- Putting the Puzzle Together: 1853-59
- Barnacles: 1853
- On the Origin of Species: 1859
- The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution: 1859-64
- Orchids: 1862
- Variation: 1868
- The Powers of Plants: 1868
- The Descent of Man and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals: 1871-1872
- The Sage of Downe and the Study of Worms: 1881-82
- Darwin's Death and Legacy: 1882 - present
- Index
- Credits
- Further Reading

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Dr John van Wyhe is a renowned lecturer and is an historian of science at the University of Cambridge, specializing in Charles Darwin. He is the founder and Director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online, Bye-Fellow of Christ's College and Member of Council for the British Society for the History of Science. Dr van Wyhe is currently co-editing a volume of Darwin's field notebooks and a volume of his shorter publications. He has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, USA Today and The Independent. He lives in Cambridge.

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