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Evolutionary Writings: including the Autobiographies (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Charles Darwin , James A. Secord
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13 May 2010 Oxford World's Classics
This volume brings together key chapters from Darwin's most important books, including the

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199580146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199580149
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury in 1809 and was educated at Shrewsbury School, Edinburgh University and Christ's College Cambridge. He took his degree in 1831 and in the same year embarked on a five-year voyage on HMS Beagle as a companion to the captain; the purpose of the voyage was to chart the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and to carry a chain of chronometric readings round the world.

While he was away some of his letters on scientific matters were privately published, and on his return he at once took his place among the leading men of science. In 1839 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Most of the rest of his life was occupied in publishing the findings of the voyage and in documenting his theory of the transmutation of species. On the origin of species by means of natural selection appeared in 1859.

Darwin spent many years with his wife - his cousin Emma Wedgwood, whom he had married in 1839 - and their children at Down House in Kent. He died in 1882, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the autobiography steals the show 26 Aug 2010
Although I already had the major works represented here - Origin of Species, Descent of Man, Voyage of the Beagle - and had read most of them, it was still a worth-while purchase for the autobiography, which is fascinating and also revealing of a very attractive personality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, Enjoyable, and Informative. 11 Jun 2011
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This collection of Darwin's most influential writings serves to give the reader an excellent sense not only of the ideas Darwin presented in his work, but also of the context in which his ideas were introduced.

Secord has beautifully selected the salient passages from Darwin's major works, providing a concise and enjoyable version of these books that have indisputably changed history. This compilation would be ideal for anyone from those casually interested in biology and evolutionary theory, to those looking to analyze and contextualize the ideas and implications put forth by Darwin's monumental works.

(This book was purchased for a college course on the history and cultural context of Darwinism and evolutionary theory.)
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