Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary

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Cambridge University Press, May 24, 2001 - Nature - 464 pages
On 27th December 1831, HMS Beagle set out from Plymouth under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that lasted nearly 5 years. The purpose of the trip was to complete a survey of the southern coasts of South America, and afterwards to circumnavigate the globe. The ship's geologist and naturalist was Charles Darwin. Darwin kept a diary throughout the voyage in which he recorded his daily activities, not only on board the ship but also during the several long journeys that he made on horseback in Patagonia and Chile. His entries tell the story of one of the most important scientific journeys ever made with matchless immediacy and vivid descriptiveness.

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Keyne's excerpts of Darwin's diary is important. He provides maps and many pictures to enhance Darwin's very personal impressions of his 5-year voyage around the world. I would recommend this, though, as an adjunct while reading Darwin's polished and very popular publication of this trip: "Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by the HMS Beagle", usually just called "The Voyage of the Beagle". Now THAT book is the classic! Both of these are available for free on darwin-online.  

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Charles Darwin has written so much about the survival of the Fittest. In this memoirs the Beagle Diary , we find him killing so many birds in their breeding season so that the ship is filled with them. How could those innocent birds survive such brutal attacks by human beings ? It is human beings who destroy the biodiverse universe's fauna and flora , either for sheer cruelty, or for eating and many a time for scientific experiments.
The earth needs more compassionate people to think for protection of Nature ..(Not more scientists) Not only for protection of human race but for protection of all races of living beings .
Dr Suvarna Nalapat


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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.

Richard Darwin Keynes is Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the University of Cambridge, and fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. In parallel with research and teaching on physiology and biophysics, he has a long-standing interest in the voyage of the Beagle, and has also edited The Beagle Record (1979) and Charles Darwin's Zoology Notes and Specimen Lists from the H. M. S. Beagle (2000).

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