The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches by Charles Darwin
Synopsis: Charles Darwin’s account of the momentous voyage which set in motion the current of intellectual events leading to The Origin of Species.
When HMS Beagle sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. His journal, here reprinted in a shortened form, shows a naturalist making patient observations concerning geology, natural history, people, places and events. Volcanoes in the Galapagos, the Gossamer spider of Patagonia and the Australasian coral reefs – all are to be found in these extraordinary writings. The insights made here were to set in motion the intellectual currents that led to the theory of evolution, and the most controversial book of the Victorian age: The Origin of Species. This volume reprints Charles Darwin’s journal in a shortened form. In their introduction Janet Brown and Michael Neve provide a background to Darwin’s thought and work, and this edition also includes notes, maps, appendices and an essay on scientific geology and the Bible by Robert FitzRoy, Darwin’s friend and Captain of the Beagle.
First Published: 1893 | ISBN: 978-0140432688
Mini-bio: Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. – Wikipedia
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