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Evolution
Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1860–1870

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  • Date Published: May 2008
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  • isbn: 9780511401350

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  • Charles Darwin is a towering figure in the history of science, who changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. With a Foreword by Sir David Attenborough, this is a fascinating insight into Darwin's life as he first directly addressed the issues of humanity's place in nature, and the consequences of his ideas for religious belief. Incorporating previously unpublished material, this volume includes letters written by Darwin, and also those written to him by friends and scientific colleagues world-wide, by critics who tried to stamp out his ideas, and admirers who helped them to spread. They take up the story of Darwin's life in 1860, in the immediate aftermath of the publication of On the Origin of Species, and carry it through one of the most intense and productive decades of his career, to the eve of publication of Descent of Man in 1871.

    • The only text of its kind to contain the actual letters written to and by Darwin makes this a unique piece of publishing
    • Clear explanatory notes construct a narrative to the letters, providing an enjoyable read for anyone interested in Darwin
    • Extra biographical information about each of Darwin's correspondents bring the letters to life
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    '… the letters remind us of the sheer brilliance of the man … Darwin commented that 'If any man wants to gain a good opinion of his fellow men, he ought to do what I am doing, pester them with letters'. The judicious choice of letters presented … reveal the truth of Darwin's statement, as his personality and trains of thought are revealed. His geniality, thoroughness and tenacity as he progressed as a scientist also shine through. Furthermore the letters offer a wider insight into the development of science at a key moment in history. … highly recommended.' Biologist

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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511401350
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Sir David Attenborough
    Introduction
    Editor's note
    Symbols and abbreviations
    Prologue
    1860
    1861
    1862
    1863
    1864
    1865
    1866
    1867
    1868
    1869
    1870
    Biographical register
    Bibliography of biographical sources
    Bibliographical note
    Acknowledgements
    Index.

  • Editors

    Frederick Burkhardt, American Council of Learned Societies
    Frederick Burkhardt (1912-2007) was the founder of the Charles Darwin Correspondence Project, and the associated high profile book series The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 1985- ). He was President of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1957 to 1974, and in 2003 was awarded the American Philosophical Society Thomas Jefferson Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.

    Alison M. Pearn, Cambridge University Library
    Alison Pearn is Assistant Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, and an affiliated research scholar of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.

    Samantha Evans, Cambridge University Library
    Samantha Evans is an editor at the Charles Darwin Correspondence Project, based at Cambridge University Library. The Project was set up to locate, research, and publish summaries of all letters written by Charles Darwin, the most celebrated naturalist of the nineteenth century.

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