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Darwin : portrait of a genius

Author: Paul Johnson
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Darwin's revolutionary career is the perfect vehicle for historian Paul Johnson. Marked by the insightful observation, spectacular wit, and highly readable prose for which Johnson is so well regarded, Darwin brings the gentleman-scientist and his times brilliantly into focus. From Darwin's birth into great fortune to his voyage aboard the Beagle, to the long-delayed publication of his masterpiece, Johnson delves  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Johnson, Paul, 1928-
Darwin
(DLC) 2012003433
(OCoLC)779263437
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Johnson
ISBN: 9781101601150 1101601159
OCLC Number: 858947639
Description: 1 online resource (164 pages)
Contents: A heritage of genius, and its shadow --
Education and self-education of a scientist --
The loss of God --
The making of a masterpiece --
Among the apes and angels --
How the great botanist missed an opportunity --
Evils of social Darwinism --
Triumph and reversal of natural selection.
Responsibility: Paul Johnson.
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Darwin's revolutionary career is the perfect vehicle for historian Paul Johnson. Marked by the insightful observation, spectacular wit, and highly readable prose for which Johnson is so well regarded, Darwin brings the gentleman-scientist and his times brilliantly into focus. From Darwin's birth into great fortune to his voyage aboard the Beagle, to the long-delayed publication of his masterpiece, Johnson delves into what made this Victorian gentleman into a visionary scientist--and into the tragic flaws that later led Darwin to support the burgeoning eugenics movement.

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