Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man

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JHU Press, Dec 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 144 pages

Two hundred years after Charles Darwin's birth (February 12, 1809), this thoroughly illustrated, yet concise biography reveals the great scientist as husband, father, and friend.

Tim M. Berra, whose "Darwin: The Man" lectures are in high demand worldwide, tells the fascinating story of the person and the idea that changed everything. Berra discusses Darwin’s revolutionary scientific work, its impact on modern-day biological science, and the influence of Darwin’s evolutionary theory on Western thought. But Berra digs deeper to reveal Darwin the man by combining anecdotes with carefully selected illustrations and photographs.

This small gem of a book includes 20 color plates and 60 black-and-white illustrations, along with an annotated list of Darwin’s publications and a chronology of his life.

 

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

I am as fascinatied by the man as I am by his accomplishments. This book gives a nice concise summary of his qualities as a doting husband, caring father, curious scientist, thorough experimenter and relisher of thinking in quietude, qualities I'd love to emulate. Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel E - Borders

I just recently finished reading a great novel created by the author, Tim M. Berra. Before I read this book, I knew nothing of the great scientist and discoverer, Charles Darwin. This book had many ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
v
1 An Admirable Pedigree
2
2 A Privileged Youth
6
3 Exploration
13
4 Discovery
26
5 Maturity
34
6 A Proposal
38
7 Life at Down House
42
11 Alfred Russel Wallace and The Origin
59
12 What Darwin Said
68
13 Darwins Bulldog
70
14 A Man of Enlarged Curiosity
72
15 Darwins Death
81
16 Epilogue
85
APPENDIXES
87
REFERENCES
103

8 Correspondence
45
9 Daily Routine
47
10 Taxonomy and Selection
52

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About the author (2008)

Tim M. Berra is professor emeritus of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology at the Ohio State University and a three-time Fulbright grant recipient. He is the author of several books, including Evolution and the Myth of Creationism.

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