The authors bring to life Darwin’s reckless student days in Cambridge, his epic five-year voyage on the Beagle, and his grueling struggle to develop his theory of . Darwin: The life of a tormented evolutionist. By Adrian Desmond and James Moore. New York: Warner Books. pp. ISBN 0‐‐‐2. $35 (cloth ). As part of the celebration of Darwin’s bicentenary, we invite you to join us reading what is considered by many to be the definitive biography.

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It makes an attempt not to describe quantum physics, but to explain why it is the way it is. A bit of a hero of mine. In Britain Darwinism has had no controversy from the church. Makes me want to visit downe house.

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

He had to follow the evidence. Darwin himself was mostly funded by his father, the Voyage of the Beagle was completely paid for by Dr. Don’t be fooled, though – because in Beyond WeirdPhilip Ball has done something rare in my experience until Quantum Sense and Nonsense came along.

The scientific conclusions coincide with the majority of Darwin scholars. What inner “force” propelled his project? Their torment, notwithstanding, I, for one, am grateful for biographical narrative of this calibre. Jul 11, Nick Jones rated it really liked it.

It provides deep and important insight into Darwin, his family, and his world at the very dawn of scientific culture. Preview — Darwin by Adrian J. And the authors provided lots of interesting detail and glimpses into his personality. Forum Homeschool Forum Open Forum. Adrian Desmond and James Moore Tags: This book does a great job of exhibiting all minor and major influences on Darwin’s thinking.

The biography delivers a broad picture from the personal life, the private thoughts, the detailed work to the scientist and his publications. He had a Pokemon-like obsession with collecting bugs, the Voyage of the Beagle only happened because of luck. This is the latest of a series of ‘Everything You Know About Nov 27, John added it. What sustained that wvolutionist to the end of his life?


The authors go to lengths to put every stage in Darwin’s life in the context of the bigger social movements surrounding Darwin.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book outlines his journey in life comprehensively, from being a bit of a waster at college, through to ljfe lucky opportunity to sail on the Beagle and then, with the good fortune of money, a life of experimentation in his garden, and A bit of a hero of mine.

He seems to come clo…. He developed his theory in bits and snatches, along with the questions that these rudiments suggested as they occurred to him, and he recorded it all in his notebooks.

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian J. Desmond

The standard by which I will It’s unreal how fantastic this biography is. He was just so thorough. If this is what the authors want us to grasp then the book is an outstanding success, even if it leaves some of the interpretative work in the hands of the reader. It’s a very human story, one that you og enjoy and learn from in this splendid book.

Evolutionnist as the definitive biography, this monumental work explains the character and paradoxes of Charles Darwin and opens up the full panorama of Victorian science, theology, and mores. And so they write a second book that posits a revised, and more fully satisfactory explanation – satisfying for the present, at least.

Obviously, like in any such narrative we get a single perspective rendering for instance Darwin as good, Owen as bad, and say Whewell as mostly irrelevant.

Clearly, llfe story involving human beings is vastly more complicated than that, and requires reading various biographies to get fuller pictures of the thoughts darsin feelings of different people; but that does not detract to my mind from this biography, and the onus on getting myriad perspectives is put in the final analysis, as it should be, on the erudite reader.

I learned a lot about Darwin that I’d never known before. Despite the large number of references books, manuscripts, letters and notebooks that takes a hundred pages, the book reads smoothly like a novel, with lots of excerpts from these references scattered all along the biography inline with the text.


One of the tasks of this book is to explain how someone holding radical views in could come to be buried in Westmenister Abbey. The single drawback I’ve seen personally in the book is the difficulty of its style and vocabulary.

One of the best biographies I’ve ever read! Adrian Desmond a Hailed as the definitive biography, this monumental work explains the character and paradoxes of Charles Darwin and opens up the full panorama of Victorian science, theology, and mores.

w For example, we never get a clear explanation of why Darwin, the gentle white-supremist, could upbraid his own son about the evils of slavery. This superb book uses Darwin’s letters, diary, notebooks and the literature to paint an honest and detailed picture of the man – some warts an all. Britain now stands teetering on the brink of collapse – or so it seems to the gentry, who close ranks to protect their privileges.

It’s not so much a tormentedd biography as it is a social one, which was a little disappointing for me since I wanted more about Darwin’s science.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aug 08, Jen added it Shelves: Hostility that provokes violent confrontations today – nearly years evooutionist Darwin first formulated his theory and years after the first edition of The Origin of Species appeared? His scientific work is treated in detail along with relations with Hooker, Huxley, and Wallace. There’s no doubt that Jim Baggott is one of the best popular science writers tormenged active.

Tor,ented really didn’t want to dethrone the religious outlook on creation but he just didn’t have any choice in his own mind. Either way it’s very funny http: Aug 01, Jack rated it really liked it. I thought the style this was written in was very appropriate to the age they were writing about but was not terrible accessible.