Reluctant Mr. Darwin An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

ISBN-10: 039332995X

ISBN-13: 9780393329957

Edition: 2007

Authors: David Quammen

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"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."Los Angeles Times Book Review Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication ofOn the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and what happened during the course of those two decades? The human drama and scientific basis of these years constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that elucidates the character of a cautious naturalist who initiated an intellectual revolution.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Writer David Quammen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and was later educated at both Yale and Oxford Universities. Quammen began his career by writing for The Christian Science Monitor, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Audubon, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Harpers Magazines. He wrote the novels The Soul of Viktor Tronko and The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, which won the 1997 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He also received two National Magazine Awards for his column "Natural Acts" in Outside magazine.

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
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