Darwin Portrait of a Genius

ISBN-10: 0147509777
ISBN-13: 9780147509772
Edition: 2013
Authors: Paul Johnson
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

A “riveting” (The Wall Street Journal) biography of one of the most influential and controversial scientists in Western historyAcclaimed historian and biographer Paul Johnson turns his keen eye on Charles Darwin, the towering figure whose work continues to spur scientific debate.With his publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin forever changed our concept of the world. While Johnson praises Darwin’s extraordinary skills as a natural scientist and his monumental achievements, he does not sidestep Darwin’s tragic failures as an anthropologist. Johnson argues that by applying his theory of natural selection to humans, Darwin provided a platform for the burgeoning eugenics movement. Lay readers and academics alike will enjoy this concise and unflinching exploration of Charles Darwin, a genius whose discoveries—even the flawed ones—add significant dimension to our understanding of his mind, the era in which he lived, and his everlasting impact on our world.

Paul Johnson lives in London.

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 the Reversal of Natural Selection
Further Reading
Index

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