The Voyage of the Beagle

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Penguin, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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When the "Beagle" sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime.

It was to last five years and transform him from an amiable and somewhat aimless young man into a scientific celebrity. Even more vitally, it was to set in motion the intellectual currents that culminated in the arrival of "The Origin of Species" in Victorian drawing-rooms in 1859. His journal, reprinted here in a shortened version, is vivid and immediate, showing us a naturalist making patient observations, above all in geology. As well as a profusion of natural history detail, it records many other things that caught Darwin's eye, from civil war in Argentina to the new colonial settlements of Australia. The editors have provided an excellent introduction and notes for this Penguin Classics edition, which also contains maps and appendices, including an essay on scientific geology and the Bible by Robert FitzRoy, Darwin's friend and captain of the "Beagle"

 

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User Review  - Cecrow - LibraryThing

This record from the 1830s describes the second HMS Beagle survey expedition. Captain Robert Fitzroy thought that a follow-up survey would benefit from having a naturalist onboard, and the recently ... Read full review

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User Review  - NeilRoyMcFarlane - LibraryThing

I didn't find this book tedious at all (as one reviewer below did). I found it enthralling from beginning to end. Here is a young man setting out on a five-year voyage (not a quick return flight to ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I
37
CHAPTER II
54
CHAPTER III
66
CHAPTER IV
79
CHAPTER V
91
CHAPTER VI
111
CHAPTER VII
119
CHAPTER VIII
134
CHAPTER XV
214
CHAPTER XVI
224
CHAPTER XVII
237
CHAPTER XVIII
252
CHAPTER XIX
264
CHAPTER XX
287
CHAPTER XXI
313
CHAPTER XXII
329

CHAPTER IX
142
CHAPTER X
163
CHAPTER XI
167
CHAPTER XII
181
CHAPTER XIII
191
CHAPTER XIV
201
CHAPTER XXIII
353
Admiralty instructions for the Beagle voyage
374
Robert FitzRoys Remarks with reference to the Deluge
396
Biographical guide
421
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Charles Darwin (1809-82) was an evolutionary scientist, best-known for his controversial and ground-breaking work of non-fiction Origin of Species, and for his theories on the survival of the fittest. M.Neve is based at the Wellcome Trust, UCL. He teaches and researches the history of psychiatry and life sciences.

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