Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

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Henry Holt and Company (BYR), Jan 6, 2009 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 272 pages

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.

Deborah Heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers.

Charles and Emma is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

 

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This book is a biography of Charles and Emma Darwin, giving each about equal weight. It gives the Darwin's family life about equal weight w/ Darwin's scientific work. This is a fine structure, and ... Read full review

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When Charles Darwin was a young man, he created a list of pros and cons - to marry or not to marry. Though he courted one woman before his trip to the Galapagos islands, and gained the interest of ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
Chapter 1 Better Than a Dog
5
Chapter 2 Rat Catching
17
Chapter 3 Conceal Your Doubts
22
Chapter 4 Where Doors and Windows Stand Open
29
Chapter 5 Little Miss SlipSlop
36
Chapter 6 The Next World
42
Chapter 7 The Sensation of Fear
47
Chapter 21 God Only Knows the Issue
143
Chapter 22 A Dear and Good Child
150
Chapter 23 Against the Rules
158
Chapter 24 Terrible Suffering
166
Chapter 25 The Origins of The Origin
174
Chapter 26 Dependent on Each Other in So Complex a Manner
180
Chapter 27 What the Lord Hath Delivered
187
Chapter 28 Feeling Not Reasoning
195

Chapter 8 A Leap
55
Chapter 9 A Busy Man
60
Chapter 10 Melancholy Thoughts
68
Chapter 11 A Whirl of Noise and Motion
75
Chapter 12 Heavy Baggage Blazing Fires
83
Chapter 13 Definition of Happiness
90
Chapter 14 Pregnant Thoughts
96
Chapter 15 Little Animalcules
101
Chapter 16 Down in the Country
109
Chapter 17 Sudden Deaths
116
Chapter 18 Barnacles and Babies
126
Chapter 19 Doing Custards
133
Chapter 20 A Fretful Child
137
Chapter 29 Such a Noise
202
Chapter 30 Mere Trickery
212
Chapter 31 Warmth to the End
217
Chapter 32 Happy Is the Man
225
Chapter 33 Unasked Questions
228
So Much to Worship
234
Acknowledgments
237
Family Tree
240
Source Notes
242
Selected Bibliography
260
Index
263
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Deborah Heiligman has written more than twenty books for children. She graduated from Brown University, and started her writing career working for Scholastic News Explorer, the classroom magazine, but left when she wanted to be home with her children, and then she started writing her books. She is married to Jonathan Weiner, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for The Beak of the Finch.

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