Darwin's Origin of Species

Darwin's Origin of Species

A Biography

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
An accessible introduction to the classic series describes the genesis of Darwin's theories, from his early university studies and five-year voyage on the Beagle to his debates with contemporaries and his garden experiments, in a scientific and social history that also illuminates historical and modern controversies surrounding the work's publication.

Perseus Publishing
Charles Darwin’s foremost biographer, Janet Browne, delivers a vivid and accessible introduction to the book that permanently altered our understanding of what it is to be human.  A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of the Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection.  And Darwin’s seminal work is nearly as controversial today.  In her illuminating study, Browne delves into the long genesis of Darwin’s theories, from his readings as a university student and his five-year voyage on the Beagle , to his debates with contemporaries and experiments in his garden.  She explores the shock to Darwin when he read of competing scientist’s similar discoveries and the wide and immediate impact of Darwin’s theories on the world. As one of the launch titles in Atlantic Monthly Press’ ?Books That Changed the World” series, Browne’s history takes readers inside The Origin of the Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published.


Book News
Browne (history of medicine, U. College London, UK) turns from her well-received two-part biography of Charles Darwin, consisting of Voyaging and The Power of Place, to a relatively brief examination of the genesis, writing, reception, and legacy of his most famous work, The Origin of Species, in which he outlined his theory of biological evolution. While Browne's primary concern is scientific, social aspects of Darwin's work do not escape her notice and discussion of Victorian religious shock, social Darwinism, the American State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial, and similar matters is included to a limited extent. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher Group West
Charles Darwin’s foremost biographer, Janet Browne, delivers a vivid and accessible introduction to the book that permanently altered our understanding of what it is to be human.  A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of the Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection.  And Darwin’s seminal work is nearly as controversial today.  In her illuminating study, Browne delves into the long genesis of Darwin’s theories, from his readings as a university student and his five-year voyage on the Beagle, to his debates with contemporaries and experiments in his garden.  She explores the shock to Darwin when he read of competing scientist’s similar discoveries and the wide and immediate impact of Darwin’s theories on the world. As one of the launch titles in Atlantic Monthly Press’ “Books That Changed the World” series, Browne’s history takes readers inside The Origin of the Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published.


Blackwell North Amer
No book has changed our conception of ourselves more than Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species. It caused a sensation on its first day of publication in 1859, selling out its entire print run in one day, and went on to become an international best seller. The idea that living things, including humans, gradually evolve through natural selection profoundly shocked its Victorian readers, calling into question what had been for many the unshakeable belief that there was a Creator.
In this book, Janet Browne, Charles Darwin's biographer, shows why The Origin of Species can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published. Browne describes the long genesis of Darwin's theories, from his early readings as a university student and his five-year voyage on the Beagle, to his debates with contemporaries and experiments in his garden. She explores the shock to Darwin when he read of a competing scientist's similar discoveries and the wide and immediate impact of Darwin's theories on the world.
Darwin's seminal work is nearly as controversial today as it was upon publication over a century ago, and it remains at the heart of an intense debate between scientists and creationists.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the genesis of Darwin's theories, from his university studies and five-year voyage on the Beagle to his debates with contemporaries and his garden experiments, in a history that also illuminates controversies surrounding the work's publication.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780871139535
0871139537
Characteristics: x, 174 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Browne, Janet
Alternative Title: Origin of species

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