Initially received with muted applause Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was soon recognised as the breakthrough scientific advance that explained the evidence of the world around us, the place and history of humans, the connections between environment and evolution.
Born in Shrewsbury, England, in 1831
Charles Darwin embarked on a five-year survey voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle; his studies of specimens led him to formulate his theories. In 1859, he published his landmark book, On the Origin of Species. His impact in the world was such that he is often described as one of the most influential figures in human history.
Peter Garratt (new introduction) holds a Masters and PhD from the University of Edinburgh and a BA from Durham. He has interests in nineteenth-century philosophy and science. Current projects include a study of realist narrative and the science of mind, exploring the historical development of the cognitive sciences. He is a member of British Association of Victorian Studies and the North American Victorian Studies Association.