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Darwin

Autor: Adrian J Desmond; James R Moore
Editorial: New York : Warner Books, ©1991
Edición/Formato:   Print book : Biografía : Inglés (eng) : Warner Books edVer todas las ediciones y todos los formatos
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"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  Leer más
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Género/Forma: Biography
Persona designada: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Tipo de material: Biografía
Tipo de documento: Libro/Texto
Todos autores / colaboradores: Adrian J Desmond; James R Moore
ISBN: 0446515892 9780446515894
Número OCLC: 24467399
Notas: "First Warner Books printing"--Title page verso.
Premios: James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography, 1991.
Descripción: xxi, 808 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contenido: 1809 --
1831. 1. Catching a Falling Christian. 2. The Northern Athens. 3. Sea-Mats & Seditious Science. 4. Anglican Orders. 5. Paradise & Punishment. 6. The Man Who Walks with Henslow. 7. Every Man for Himself --
1831-1836. 8. My Final Exit. 9. A Chaos of Delight. 10. Troubled Spirits from Another World. 11. Shaken Foundations. 12. Colonial Life. 13. Temples of Nature --
1836-1842. 14. A Peacock Admiring His Tail. 15. Reforming Nature. 16. Tearing Down the Barriers. 17. Mental Rioting. 18. Marriage & Malthusian Respectability. 19. The Dreadful War --
1842-1851. 20. The Extreme Verge of the World. 21. Murder. 22. Illformed Little Monsters. 23. Al Diabolo. 24. My Water Doctor. 25. Our Bitter & Cruel Loss --
1851-1860. 26. A Gentleman with Capital. 27. Ugly Facts. 28. Gunships & Grog Shops. 29. Horrid Wretches Like Me. 30. A Low & Lewd Nature. 31. What Would a Chimpanzee Say? 32. Breaking Cover --
1860-1871. 33. More Kicks than Halfpence. 34. From the Womb of the Ape. 35. A Living Grave. 36. Emerald Beauty. 37. Sex, Politics, & the X. 38. Disintegrating Speculations --
1871-1882. 39. Pause, Pause, Pause. 40. A Wretched Bigot. 41. Never an Atheist. 42. Down among the Worms. 43. The Final Experiment. 44. An Agnostic in the Abbey.
Responsabilidad: Adrian Desmond & James Moore.

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"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.

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