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Origins : Selected Letters of Charles Darwin - 1822-1859 - Anniversary Edition. - Frederick H. Burkhardt

Origins

Selected Letters of Charles Darwin - 1822-1859 - Anniversary Edition.

By: Frederick H. Burkhardt (Editor)

Hardcover

Published: 1st July 2008
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Charles Darwin changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. This fascinating selection of letters, offers a glimpse of his daily experiences, scientific observations, personal concerns and friendships.

Beginning with a charming set of letters at the age of twelve, through his university years in Edinburgh and Cambridge up to the publication of his most famous work.

On the Origin of Species in 1859, these letters chart one of the most exciting periods of Darwin's life, including the voyage of the Beagle and subsequent studies which led him to develop his theory of natural selection.

Darwin's vivid writing style enables the reader to see the world through his own eyes, as he matures from grubby schoolboy in Shropshire to one of the most controversial thinkers of modern times.

This is a special Anniversary Edition of the best-selling Burkhardt : Charles Darwin's Letters : A Selection, 1825-1859.

About the Author

Frederick Burkhardt (1912-2007) was the founder of the Charles Darwin Correspondence Project, and the associated high profile book series The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 1985- ). He was President of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1957 to 1974, and in 2003 was awarded the American Philosophical Society Thomas Jefferson Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.

'... the letters remind us of the sheer brilliance of the man ... Darwin commented that 'If any man wants to gain a good opinion of his fellow men, he ought to do what I am doing, pester them with letters'. The judicious choice of letters presented ... reveal the truth of Darwin's statement, as his personality and trains of thought are revealed. His geniality, thoroughness and tenacity as he progressed as a scientist also shine through. Furthermore the letters offer a wider insight into the development of science at a key moment in history. ... highly recommended.' Biologist

Foreword Stephen Jay Gould
Introduction
Note on the text
Acknowledgements
Symbols and abbreviations
Prologue
Shrewsbury
Edinburgh
Cambridge
The offer
The voyage: South America - East Coast
The voyage: South American - West Coast
Homeward Bound
1837
1838
1839-1843
1844
1845-1846
1847
1848
1849
1850
1851
1852-1854
1855

ISBN: 9780521898621
ISBN-10: 0521898625
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 1st July 2008
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.599