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  1. Charles Darwin (Very Interesting People Series)
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  2. Charles Darwin (Very Interesting People Series)

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Very definitive, very concise, and very interesting...

From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the Very Interesting People series provides authoritative bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures--people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time.

Each book in the series is based upon the biographical entry from the world-famous Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

First, it's quite important to note this: neither the catalogue description attached to this item nor many of the readers' reviews actually speak to the Very Interesting People series volume on Darwin. Instead, they refer to Janet Browne's magisterial (two volume) biography of Darwin. Confusing.

Second, the actual short VIP biography of Darwin co-written by Adrian Desmond, James Moore, and Janet Browne, is a judiciously compact overview of his life and work--although it's SO compact that it tends to be a Sergeant Friday-like "just the facts, ma'am" exercise. The authors run through Darwin's early years, his Beagle adventures, his return to England, gradual invalidism, marriage, Downe House, the writing of the Origin, and his subsequent work. None of it is new or unexpected, but an especially nice feature is the way in which the authors demonstrate that Darwin's post-Origin writing, varied as it seems on the surface, all labors to continue the Origin thesis by... Read more
interesting summary of the life of a very interesting fellow by several Darwin scholars. Gives some context of the period in which darwin wrote The Origin and his other works
Written by three historians of science. who have a catalogue of other biographies of Darwin behind them, this book seeks to affirm the importance of Darwin as a VIP. With that aim, Chapter One opens with the following line 'Charles Robert Darwin..originator of the theory of natural slection...'

Hence this book opens with a huge falsehood. Nowhere in this Darwin worship manual is any mention made of Patrick Matthew, who is recognised by leading biologists (e.g. Darwin, Wallace, de Beer, Mayr, Hamilton, Weale, Forsdyke etc ) as the originator of the theory of natural selection.

Matthew, in 1831 published the entire theory 27 years before Darwin and Wallace put so much as pen to private notepad on the topic.

Today it it newly discovered with Big Data analytics (see 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret') that Darwin's and Wallace's friends, influencer's, editors and influencer's influencers had prior read and cited Matthew's book before their joint... Read more
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