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Desmond, Adrian J. 1947-

Works: 47 works in 246 publications in 7 languages and 11,337 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Records and correspondence  Manuscripts  Bibliography 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: QH365, B
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Darwin by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
49 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 2,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It is like confessing a murder." These are the words Charles Darwin uttered when he revealed to the world what he knew to be true: that humans are descended from headless hermaphrodite squids. How could a wealthy gentleman, a stickler for respectability, attack the foundations of his religion and Anglican society? Authors Adrian Desmond and James Moore, in what has been hailed as the definitive biography of Charles Darwin, not only explain the paradox of the man but bring us the full sweep of Victorian science, theology, and mores. The authors unveil the battle over the mind and soul that raged around the student Darwin as well as his drunken high-life in prostitute-ridden Cambridge. They vividly re-create Darwin's five-year voyage on the Beagle and his struggle to develop his theory of evolution. Then, they follow Darwin through his decades of torment. Fully aware that his ideas could bring ruin and social ostracism to his beloved family, Darwin kept his thoughts secret for twenty years. Seeming to lead an ideal squire's life in rural Kent, he was actually a man "living in Hell," plagued by trembling, vomiting, and violent cramps and confronted by personal tragedy that left him grief-stricken for the rest of his life. But even more than Marx and Freud, this anguished man was to transform the way we see ourselves on this planet. Desmond and Moore's rich, comprehensive, and unparalleled portrait of his life contains a wealth of newly transcribed and unpublished letters, a thorough understanding of all available Darwin research, and ninety photographs, many never published before. Its lively and accessible style makes each chapter as gripping to read as a novel, yet the legitimacy and importance of this seminal work is never diminished--providing the whole story of how Darwin came to his world-changing conclusions and how, when the Origin of Species was finally published, its consequences were far more dramatic than Darwin's worst fears ... and wildest dreams
Darwin's sacred cause : how a hatred of slavery shaped Darwin's views on human evolution by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
24 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There is a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of his parish, come to embrace one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? Darwin risked a great deal in publishing his theory of evolution, so something very powerful--a moral fire--must have propelled him. That moral fire, argue authors Desmond and Moore, was a passionate hatred of slavery. They draw on a wealth of fresh manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, diaries, and even ships' logs to show how Darwin's abolitionism had deep roots in his mother's family and was reinforced by his voyage on the Beagle as well as by events in America. Leading apologists for slavery in Darwin's time argued that blacks and whites were separate species, with whites created superior. Darwin believed that the races belonged to the same human family, and slavery was therefore a sin.--From publisher description
The politics of evolution morphology, medicine, and reform in radical London by Adrian J Desmond ( )
17 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 1,574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre-Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged early nineteenth-century London. In the process, he reveals the underside of London intellectual and social life in the generation before Darwin as it has never been seen before." The Politics of Evolution is intellectual dynamite, and certainly one of the most important books in the history of science published during the past decade."--Jim Secord, Times Literary Supplement. "One of those rare boo
The hot-blooded dinosaurs : a revolution in palaeontology by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
19 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Draws upon recent discoveries and research to recount the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, as dominant, warm-blooded animals, and to reassess their intelligence, agility, physiological complexity, and advanced social behavior
Huxley : from devil's disciple to evolution's high priest by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
21 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Huxley pulled himself up to fight Darwin's battles in the 1860s, but left Darwin behind on the most inflammatory issues. He devastated angst-ridden Victorian society with his talk of ape ancestors, and tantalized and tormented thousands - from laborers to ladies of society, cardinals to Karl Marx - with his scintillating lectures. Out of his provocations came our image of science warring with theology. And out of them, too, came the West's new faith - agnosticism (he coined the word)
The ape's reflexion by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
12 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Archetypes and ancestors : palaeontology in Victorian London, 1850-1875 by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
12 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Huxley : the devil's disciple by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex by Charles Darwin ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Charles Darwin's seminal work 'The Descent of Man' is published here edited and with an introduction by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. Suggestions are provided for further reading, a chronology of Darwin's life and works, and a biographical glossary
Charles Darwin : a biography by E. J Browne ( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides biographies of Britain's fascinating historical figures - people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. Part of this series, this title talks about Charles Darwin
Darwin : de biografie by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in Dutch and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leven en werk van de grondlegger van de evolutietheorie (1809-1882)
Charles Darwin : - Kurz und bündig by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The hot-blooded dinosaurs by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Darwin the life and legacy ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Part 1 focuses on Darwin's early life and influences, tracing his maturation as a naturalist. Examines his key influences, including Thomas Malthus and Robert Edmund Grant, as well as his life-changing voyage on the HMS Beagle. Part 2 focuses on the impacts of Darwin's theories and writings on evolution and natural selection. The program explores the contentious ideas arising from his work, including eugenics, group selection, sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and co-evolution. Both parts feature biographers of Darwin, as well as noted scholars and authors
Das Rätsel der Dinosaurier by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
5 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Darwin, Huxley and the natural sciences ( Book )
in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reproduction of original manuscripts of Huxley's and Darwin's scientific monographs, scientific papers, and correspondence, from the Darwin Archive, Cambridge University Library and the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Darwins nobele streven : hoe Darwins afschuw van de slavernij aan de basis lag van zijn evolutietheorie by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in Dutch and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Los Dinosaurios de sangre caliente by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
8 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les Dinosaures à sang chaud by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Race, slavery and the quest for human origins by Adrian J Desmond ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers an explanation of how Darwin came to his famous view of evolution, which traced life to an ancient common ancestor. This title argues that only by understanding Darwin's Christian abolitionist inheritance can we shed light on the perplexing mix of personal drive, public hesitancy and scientific radicalism
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Desmond Adrian
Desmond, Adrian 1947-
Desmond, Adrian J.
Desmond, Adrian J. 1947-
Desmond, Adrian J. (Adrian John), 1947-
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