Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection, 1825-1859

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 17, 1998 - Science - 249 pages
Charles Darwin stands as an icon in the history of science; a man who completely changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. These letters offer a fascinating window onto the scientific observations, personal concerns and friendships of a great thinker, affording a unique glimpse of Darwin as both naturalist and family man. From his early years at Edinburgh University up to the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859, the letters in this volume chart the most exciting years of Darwin's life.
 

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Contents

VI
1
VII
6
VIII
11
IX
16
X
33
XI
48
XII
54
XIII
63
XXII
123
XXIII
135
XXIV
149
XXV
164
XXVI
186
XXVII
197
XXVIII
211
XXIX
219

XIV
69
XV
80
XVI
87
XVII
92
XVIII
98
XIX
105
XX
114
XXI
119
XXX
235
XXXI
237
XXXII
238
XXXIII
239
XXXIV
250
XXXV
253
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Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development. Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy. Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

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