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The reluctant Mr. Darwin : an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution

Author: David Quammen
Publisher: New York : Atlas Books/Norton, ©2006.
Series: Great discoveries.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Charles Darwin was by nature a homebody, a breeder of pigeons, a close student of barnacles--in short, a cautious and deeply shy man. Yet he found himself burdened with a profoundly radical insight. This elusive character, whose theories have had such a revolutionizing impact on our understanding of nature, remains as misapprehended as his most wondrous, frightening idea: "natural selection," the primary mechanism
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Quammen
ISBN: 0393059812 9780393059816 9780393329957 039332995X
OCLC Number: 65400177
Description: 304 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Home and dry : an introduction --
The fabric falls : 1837-1839 --
The kiwi's egg : 1842-1844 --
Point of attachment : 1846-1851 --
A duck for Mr. Darwin : 1848-1857 --
His abominable volume : 1858-1859 --
The fittest idea : 1860 to the future --
The last beetle : 1876-1882 --
Source notes --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Series Title: Great discoveries.
Responsibility: David Quammen.
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Drawing from Charles Darwins secret "transmutation" notebooks and his personal letters, acclaimed science journalist Quammen has sketched a vivid life portrait of the man whose work never ceases to  Read more...

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Good biography of Darwin, gentle enough for high school

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2013-06-07) Excellent Permalink

  The prose of this book is smooth and lets you read effortlessly. This well-told tale is light enough that it could be enjoyed by a high schooler or by a vacationer on the beach. The Darwin story is one that already has a good plot, and Quammen tells it well. Since the 1980s, there has been...
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The Reluctant Mr. Darwin

by VA (WorldCat user published 2007-10-30) Excellent Permalink
A very personal look at Charles Darwin and his reluctance to publish. Included are glimpses at the amount of correspondence and long time frame in the pre-computer age. The intrigue between Darwin and his friends in the scientific community to get Darwin's work published before Wallace's. This is...
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