Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (World's Classics)




      Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (World's Classics)
On topics ranging from intelligent design and climate change to the politics of gender and race, the evolutionary writings of Charles Darwin occupy a pivotal position in contemporary public debate This volume brings together the key chapters of his most important and accessible books, including the Journal of Researches on the Beagle voyage 1845 , The Origin of Species 1859 , and The Descent of Man 1871 , along with the full text of his delightful autobiography They are accompanied by generous selections of responses from Darwin s nineteenth century readers from across the world More than anything, they give a keen sense of the controversial nature of Darwin s ideas, and his position within Victorian debates about man s place in nature The wide ranging Introduction by James A Secord, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, explores the global impact and origins of Darwin s work and the reasons for its unparalleled significance today To increase its usefulness for readers coming to Darwin for the first time, the selection also includes a map of the Beagle voyage, a detailed chronology of Darwin s life, and a biographical appendix identifying every individual mentioned in the text. Free Download [ Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (World's Classics) ] By [ Charles Darwin ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, eminent as a collector and geologist, who proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory In modified form, Darwin s scientific discovery remains the foundation of biology, as it provides a unifying logical explanation for the diversity of life.Darwin developed his interest in natural history while studying medicine at Edinburgh University, then theology at Cambridge His five year voyage on the Beagle established him as a geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell s uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin investigated the transmutation of species and conceived his theory of natural selection in 1838 Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority He was writing up his theory in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay which described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories.His 1859 book On the Origin of Species established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature He examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, he examined earthworms and their effect on soil.In recognition of Darwin s pre eminence, he was one of only five 19th century UK non royal personages to be honoured by a state funeral, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton.Her was the father of naturalist Francis Darwin, of astronomer George Darwin, and of politician, economist and eugenicist Leonard Darwin Arabic


      Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (World's Classics)
 By Charles Darwin IBN : 0199208638 Format : cloth – heartforum.co.uk
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  • Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (World's Classics)
  • Charles Darwin
  • English
  • 24 March 2019
  • 0199208638

10 thoughts on “ Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (World's Classics)

  1. Julia says:

    I originally picked this up at my local library for a school project I was doing on 19th century literature but I decided to hold on to it and complete it because I became very interested in reading for myself the great and mysterious works of Charles Darwin Since I was a little girl I was told that he was the great man that started the world thinking about evolution and I was pleasantly surprized by the ease with which I understood his explanations and arguments This collection contains exerp I originally picked this up at my local library for a school project I was doing on 19th century literature but I decided to hold on to it and complete it because I became very interested in reading for myself the great and mysterious works of Charles Darwin Since I was a little girl I was told that he was the great man that started the world thinking about evolution and I was pleasantly surprized by the ease with which I understood his explanations and arguments This collection contains exerpts from four of his works and I found them all quite fascinating If you look past the glaring racism and sexism and focus on theconcrete facts and observations, it s quite a tough argument I also really enjoyed knowing that evolution and Darwinism is a generally...

  2. Ria says:

    A huge tome that is a must for Darwin fans A lengthy introduction leads onto the meat of the book The evolutionary writings section.It includes accounts from his Journal of researches Origin of species and Descent of man Whilst at the back of the book there are excerpts from his life, his personal recollections and also other peoples reactions to his writings with broad ranging opinions from people of the day right upto some points from modern times Very comprehensive and great ...

  3. Susu says:

    Instead of digging through the whole volumes of Darwin s writings this selection gives a good impression of the most important books and Darwin s own way of expression It shows how careful he developed his theory and how he tried to forese...

  4. Pavel says:

    I read only parts of this volume I vermy much enjoyed the short autobiography of Charles Darwin contained in this volume, Recollectios of the Development of My Mind and Character It s honest, modest, insightful, and at places funny Truly reveals the character of Darwin s mind.

  5. Thor says:

    The introduction by Richard Dawkins is a short course in itself I read only the autobiographies, and did so with gusto.

  6. Alex Liannoy says:

    Nice book, even though it s not as revolutionary as it were in Darwin s epoch.

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