Charles Darwin: A Biography, in Two Volumes -- Voyaging; The Power of Place

By: Browne, Janet

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Includes both volumes (Voyaging & The Power of Place). 3rd printing. Both volumes in exceptional condition. 1996 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xiii, 605; 591 pp. Voyaging: Few lives of great men offer so much interest--and so many mysteries--as the life of Charles Darwin, the greatest figure of nineteenth-century science, whose ideas are still inspiring discoveries and controversies more than a hundred years after his death. Yet only now, with the publication of Voyaging, the first of two volumes that will constitute the definitive biography, do we have a truly vivid and comprehensive picture of Darwin as man and as scientist. Drawing upon much new material, supported by an unmatched acquaintance with both the intellectual setting and the voluminous sources, Janet Browne has at last been able to unravel the central enigma of Darwin's career: how did this amiable young gentleman, born into a prosperous provincial English family, grow into a thinker capable of challenging the most basic principles of religion and science? The dramatic story of Voyaging takes us from agonizing personal challenges to the exhilaration of discovery; we see a young, inquisitive Darwin gradually mature, shaping, refining, and finally setting forth the ideas that would at last fall upon the world like a thunderclap in The Origin of Species.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 theĀ Origin of SpeciesĀ 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.Keywords: BIOGRAPHY

Title: Charles Darwin: A Biography, in Two Volumes -- Voyaging; The Power of Place

Author: Browne, Janet

Categories: Biography, Biology, Literary & Intellectual,

Edition: 3rd Printing

Publisher: Princeton University Press: 1996

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2064117