Darwin for beginners

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Pantheon Books, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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The Beginner Books -- "Their cartoon format and irreverent wit make difficult ideas accessible and entertaining." -- Newsday aking us through the upheavals in biological thought which made The Origins of Species possible, Jonathan Miller introduces us to that odd revolutionary, Charles Darwin -- a remarkably timid man who spent most of his life in seclusion; a semi-invalid riddled with doubts, fearing the controversy his theories might unleash; yet also the man who finally undermined belief in God's creation. Along the way we meet a fascinating cast of characters: Darwin's scientific predecessors, his contemporaries (including Alfred Russell Wallace, whose anticipation of natural selection forced Darwin to publish), his opponents, and his successors whose work in modern genetics provided necessary modifications to Darwin's own work. Splendidly illustrated, this clever, witty, highly informative book is the perfect introduction to Darwin's life and thought.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

This comprehensive book explains everything you've ever wanted to know about Darwin and the facts surrounding his "Origins of the Species." I'm not a science person AT ALL and I was miraculously able ... Read full review

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User Review  - psiloiordinary - LibraryThing

Strange format. Not a comic nor a book. This means they can cover deep material without you feeling like you are in the depths. Plenty of ground is covered and some silly/funny pictures as well. A nice introduction - about an hours read. Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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