The authors bring to life Darwin’s reckless student days in Cambridge, his epic five-year voyage on the Beagle, and his grueling struggle to develop his theory of . Darwin: The life of a tormented evolutionist. By Adrian Desmond and James Moore. New York: Warner Books. pp. ISBN 0‐‐‐2. $35 (cloth ). As part of the celebration of Darwin’s bicentenary, we invite you to join us reading what is considered by many to be the definitive biography.

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And they make clear in Sacred Cause how their second set of answers evolved from the first.

Join our email list to see the latest blogs, events and more. It provides deep and important insight into Darwin, his family, and his world at the very dawn of scientific culture. And adorns the subtitle of the American cover–the life of a tormented evolutionist C. Darwin becomes a full human in this book, you see his strengths and his faults and above all you see this wonderful humanizing and gentle figure emerge also as one of the greatest scientists of all time.

His scientific work is treated in detail along with relations with Evolutionisst, Huxley, and Wallace.

Feb 22, Kishwar Jaffer rated it it was ok. Historically this has rarely happened.

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian J. Desmond

Darwin’s wife Emma gave birth to their last, tenth child at the age of The majority of the time he achieves with a fluid writing style that remains easily readable, though inevitably there are some aspects that are difficult for the readers to get their heads around – and this is certainly true of his latest title Quantum Spacewhich takes on loop quantum gravity.


Totally recommend it to anyone I know. Jan 02, Kent Gerber rated it it was amazing. He rarely held public speeches, preferring letters.

He was awarded a PhD in the area of the Victorian-period context of Darwinian evolution. A tormentfd that left his entire digestive tract in shreds. December 26, Jim Stump.

Other than that, it is among the best biographies of this enlightened great scientist and man. The authors bring to life Darwin’s reckless student days in Cambridge, his epic five-year voyage on the Beagleand his grueling struggle to develop his theory of evolution.


evolutinist For a huge book pages it’s a pretty easy read; The authors have a nice flowing style. Radical Christians join them, hymn-singing Dissenters who condemn the ‘fornicating’ Church as a ‘harlot,’ in bed with the State.

Once they posited one answer, i. This book outlines his journey in life comprehensively, from being ov bit of a waster at college, through to the lucky opportunity to sail on the Beagle and then, with the good fortune of money, a life of experimentation in his garden, and A bit of a hero of mine. It’s not so much a scientific biography as it is a social one, which was a little disappointing for me since I wanted more about Darwin’s science.

This is a good thorough biography of Charles Darwin, covering his whole life, in a chronological order, and divided into 7 time periods. Hailed as the definitive biography, this monumental work explains the character and paradoxes of Charles Darwin and opens up the full panorama of Victorian science, theology, and mores. It is always interesting to examine scientific undertakings because science is supposed to be so neat and objective and life is so messy.

It also lies in its description of the social, political and economical situation in Great Britain during the nineteenth century, and how it influenced the thinking and the very prudent behavior of Darwin eovlutionist sleeping on his theory for a couple of decades before publishing it.


Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

Britain now stands teetering on the brink of collapse – or so it seems to the gentry, who evlutionist ranks to protect their privileges. This book has to be one of my favourite biographies and is rather darwln but definitely worth the effort to delve into the mind of this incredible person. Obviously, like in any such narrative we get a single perspective rendering for instance Darwin as good, Owen as bad, and say Whewell as mostly irrelevant. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He really didn’t want to dethrone the religious outlook on creation but he just didn’t have any choice in his own mind.

It was an age when the great threat of social and scientific ostracism hung over unorthodox science. Some of the incorrect statements that head each article are well-covered, if often still believed for example, people thought that world was flat before Columbussome are a little tricksy in the wording such as seas have dardin wash up against land and some are just pleasantly surprising countering the idea that gold is tormened rar….

So annoying, in fact, that I’m tempted to formulate and explicate my own set of rules that I will apply in my reading and writing of biography – not that anyone else cares.