April 15, 2008

Charles Darwin biography

Charles Darwin can appear to be somewhat of a paradox. Some people idolize Darwin as humanity’s liberator, while others denounce him as destroyer of civilization. I have my own views about Darwin’s theories, but I wanted to know more about Darwin himself, his friends and family, the various religious influences in his life such as Unitarianism, the times in which he lived, how he worked and conducted research, the development of his ideas, and much more. I came across the biographical work Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. I was not disappointed. This outstanding biography filled in for me many pieces of the Darwin puzzle. If only the book had continued for another 700 pages.

It is said that more is known about the life of Charles Darwin than is known about the life of any other great scientist. Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist is rich in details, includes 90 photographs, and can provide some correction to misinterpretations about Darwin made by previous writers. For anyone interested in the life of this Englishman who posessed an incredible passion for science, Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist is a must read!

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