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Darwin's Origin of species : a biography

Author: E J Browne
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2006.
Series: Books that changed the world (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E J Browne
ISBN: 0802118240 9780802118240
OCLC Number: 70063058
Description: x, 174 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Beginnings --
"A theory by which to work" --
Publication --
Controversy --
Legacy.
Series Title: Books that changed the world (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Janet Browne.

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"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."--Jacket.

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