The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)
"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewTwenty-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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The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)User Review - Neal Wyatt - Book Verdict
Darwin is so frequently mentioned in Bryson's book he seems to inhabit the pages. If your curiosity has been raised, consider Quammen's stunning and lively account of Darwin after he arrived home from ... Read full review
The reluctant Mr. Darwin: an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolutionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Award-winning science writer Quammen (The Song of the Dodo ) has spent considerable time with field biologists while on assignment or researching his books. His subject here, Charles Darwin, was a ... Read full review