Darwin: A Life in Science

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Dutton, 1995 - Science - 322 pages
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One of the most intriguing aspects of the story that unfolds in these pages is the seeming contradiction between the conventional surface of Charles Darwin's life and the revolutionary implications and effects of theories that placed him in fierce conflict with the scientific community and the religious establishment of his day. An indifferent university student seemingly destined for a career in the Church, he was transformed by a five-year scientific voyage around the world into a totally committed scientist consumed by the question of the history of the earth and the development of life upon it. An eminently respectable Victorian husband and father, plagued by ill health and pained by domestic tragedy, he was drawn step-by-step into painstaking research, and almost against his will into publishing Origin of Species, a book that would earn him both vilification and immortality. An heir to the remarkable independent intellectual tradition of his distinguished family, he was still profoundly discomforted by the censure of a society that forced him to defend his ideas against often vicious attacks. But above all, Charles Darwin was a part of a history of ideas beginning with the ancient Greeks and continuing to the present with the latest breakthroughs in molecular biology.

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Two well-known science writers turn their hands to a can't- lose proposition: a biography of the most important scientist of the century in which science came of age. This is the third collaborative ... Read full review

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Well, is it a biography or a historical work? It seems to fall between these categories and ends up being a little unsatisfying as a result. I purchased this to mark the 'Origin' publication 150th ... Read full review



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Michael White is a former science editor for British "GQ "who has taught science at d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford. His other books include the international best-seller "Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science" (with John Gribbin), the award-winning "Isaac Newton: the Last Sorcerer, Life Out There," and "Weird Science," He is currently working on a book about scientific rivalry from Newton to Bill Gates. White lives with his wife and family near London.

John R. Gribbin (born 19 March 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction. In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well even after years of publication. At the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers presented Gribbin with their Lifetime Achievement award.

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