Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Victorian Mythmaker

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A radical reappraisal of Darwin argues that the evolution pioneer was less of an original scientific intellect than a ruthless self-promoter who did not give credit to the actual sages whose ideas he advanced in his history-shaping book.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062433497
Characteristics: 438 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Victorian Mythmaker

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naturalist
Jan 03, 2018

Look at “The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, ... the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, ...” published 1842, for which the Royal Society awarded him the Royal medal in 1853, six years before he published “On the Origin of Species ...”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Structure_and_Distribution_of_Coral_Reefs
His coral reef theory remains the foundation of that field of geology, Contrary to the publisher’s sensational promotional blurb, Darwin was already “propelled into the pantheon of great scientific thinkers” before “Origin”.
now,
for some recommended legitimate biographies of Charles Darwin:
“Charles Darwin: Voyaging” Volume 1 1995
and
“Charles Darwin: the Power of Place” Volume 2 2002
by E. Janet Browne 1950-
(Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University)
also,
“Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist” 1994
and
“Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution”
both by authors Adrian J. Desmond 1947- and
James Richard Moore (historian of science at the Open University and the University of Cambridge and visiting scholar at Harvard University)
and,
my shared list:
"Charles Darwin discovering natural selection - origin of species - evolution - deep time"
another review:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._N._Wilson#Critiques_of_Wilson's_work
“Wilson's "speculations on evolutionary theory," produce a book that is "fatally flawed, mischievous, and ultimately misleading” Steve Jones

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memoral
Jan 02, 2018

Only read 3 chapters and I had to stop. Extremely dry writing. Seems to be more about Darwin's contemporaries than himself. Very disappointing.

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