Charles Darwin: The Man And His Influence by Peter J. BowlerCharles Darwin: The Man And His Influence by Peter J. Bowler

Charles Darwin: The Man And His Influence

byPeter J. BowlerPreface byDavid Knight

Paperback | April 26, 1996

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Upon publication, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species excited much debate and controversy, challenging the foundations of Christianity, nonetheless underpinning the Victorian concept of progress. It still evokes powerful and contradictory responses today. Peter Bowler's study of Darwin's life, first published in 1990, combines biography and cultural history. Emphasizing in particular the impact of Darwin's work, he shows how Darwin's contemporaries were unable to appreciate precisely those aspects of his thinking that are considered scientifically important today. He also demonstrates that Darwin was a product of his time, but he also transcended it by creating an idea capable of being exploited by twentieth-century scientists and intellectuals who had very different values from his own.
David Knight is a writer. He lives in Colorado.
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Title:Charles Darwin: The Man And His InfluenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:April 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521566681

ISBN - 13:9780521566681

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Table of Contents

General editor's preface; Preface; 1. The problem of interpretation; 2. Evolution before The Origin of Species; 3. The young Darwin; 4. The voyage of the Beagle; 5. The crucial years, London 1837-1842; 6. The years of development; 7. Going public; 8. The emergence of Darwinism; 9. The opponents of Darwinism; 10. Human origins; 11. Darwin and the modern world; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Upon its publication, Darwin's The Origin of the Species excited much debate and controversy, and still evokes powerful and contradictory responses today. This study of the life of Darwin, first published in 1990, combines biography and cultural history to show how Darwin's contemporaries were unable to appreciate precisely those aspects of his thinking that are considered scientifically important today. 14 illustrations. 2 maps

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"...a comprehensive survey of Darwin in and out of his own time and a sound introduction to recent scholarship." Times Literary Supplement