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3.0 out of 5 stars Darwin: A Life in Science, 3 Sep 2009
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Martin Girven (Brussels, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Darwin: A Life in Science (Paperback)
I was not at all surprised to learn that the two authors of this work live on different continents, as it does at times come across as disjointed. While the book starts and ends chronologically, it gets rather jumbled in its middle section, and one begins to wonder if some of its chapters were written in complete isolation by its authors because of the all too frequent repetition of facts and events, which does become annoying.

That said, it does serve as a good introduction to the life and works of one of history's greatest scientists. In particular, the chapters "Evolution before Darwin" and "Evolution after Darwin" are excellent and easy to understand summaries of their topics. The former is particularly good at reminding the reader that evolution was not Darwin's idea, but that the theory of Natural Selection was his way of explaining its mechanics, and the latter a good reminder of how long it has taken for that theory to be truly accepted by a majority of people, despite the evidence around us.

As a summary this is a good place to start and all the science is phrased in easy to understand terms, but if you are looking for the ultimate biography on Darwin I would strongly recommend Janet Browne's highly intelligent and enthralling two volume work of 2003.
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Darwin: A Life in Science by John R. Gribbin (Paperback - 2 Feb 2009)
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