Charles Darwin

The Power of Place

In 1858, Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside. He was not yet a focus of debate; his "big book on species" still lay on his desk as a manuscript. For more than twenty years he had been accumulating material for it, puzzling over the questions that it raised, trying to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion, and wanting to be certain that his startling theory of evolution was correct.

It is at this point that the concluding volume of Janet Browne's magisterial biography opens. Beginning with the extraordinary events that finally forced the Origin of Species into print, we come to the years of fame and controversy. Here, Browne does dramatic justice to all aspects of the Darwinian revolution, from a fascinating examination of the Victorian publishing scene to a survey of the debates between scientists and churchmen over evolutionary theory. At the same time, she presents a wonderfully sympathetic and authoritative picture of Darwin himself.

Janet Browne is Professor in the History of Biology at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and is currently President of the British Society for the History of Science. She is the author of several books, including
Charles Darwin: Voyaging (Princeton), and has served as Associate Editor of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin.
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  • Part One: AUTHOR CHAPTER 1: Stormy Waters 3 CHAPTER 2: "My Abominable Volume" 43 CHAPTER 3: Publish and Be Damned 82 CHAPTER 4: Four Musketeers 126 Part Two: EXPERIMENTER CHAPTER 5: Eyes Among the Leaves 165 CHAPTER 6: Battle of the Books 196 CHAPTER 7: Invalid 231 CHAPTER 8: The Burden of Heredity 275 Part Three: CELEBRITY CHAPTER 9: Son of a Monkey 325 CHAPTER 10: Darwin in the Drawing Room 370 CHAPTER 11: England's Green and Pleasant Land 407 CHAPTER 12: Home Is the Sailor 446 Notes 499 Bibliography 533 Acknowledgements 569 Index 573
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 624
Erscheinungsdatum 05.10.2003
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-691-11439-2
Verlag University Presses
Maße (L/B/H) 23.4/15.6/3.6 cm
Gewicht 988 g
Abbildungen 24 page illustrated insert.
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