The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication of On the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and what happened during the course of those two decades? The human drama and scientific basis of these years constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that elucidates the character of a cautious naturalist who initiated an intellectual revolution.
 

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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication of On the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

The tone of this book is a little breezy but the descriptions of the evolution of Darwin's thinking and life after "The Origin" are fascinating. It's sad that some of the characters, like Wallace and ... Read full review

Contents

an introduction
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18421844
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18461851
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18581859
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1860 to the future
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18761882
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Source Notes
256
Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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Index
301
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About the author (2007)

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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