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Darwin's armada : four voyages and the battle for the theory of evolution

Author: Iain McCalman
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cultural historian Iain McCalman tells the stories of Charles Darwin and his most vocal supporters and colleagues: Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace. Beginning with the somber morning of April 26, 1882--the day of Darwin's funeral--Darwin's Armada steps back in time and recounts the lives and scientific discoveries of each of these explorers. The four amateur naturalists voyaged separately from  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles Darwin; Joseph Dalton Hooker, Sir); Thomas Henry Huxley; Alfred Russel Wallace; Charles Darwin; Joseph Dalton Hooker, Sir); Thomas Henry Huxley; Alfred Russel Wallace
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain McCalman
ISBN: 9780393068146 0393068145
OCLC Number: 758752185
Description: 1 vol. (422 p.-[16] p. de pl.) : ill. en noir et en coul., portr., cartes. ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Iain McCalman.

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Cultural historian Iain McCalman tells the stories of Charles Darwin and his most vocal supporters and colleagues: Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace. Beginning with the somber morning of April 26, 1882--the day of Darwin's funeral--Darwin's Armada steps back in time and recounts the lives and scientific discoveries of each of these explorers. The four amateur naturalists voyaged separately from Britain to the southern hemisphere in search of adventure and scientific fame. From Darwin's inaugural trip on the Beagle in 1835 through Wallace's exploits in the Amazon and Malaysia in the 1840s and 1850s, each man independently made discoveries that led him to embrace Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution. This book reveals the untold story of Darwin's greatest supporters who, during his life, campaigned passionately in the war of ideas over evolution and who lived on to extend and advance the scope of his work.--From publisher description.

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