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Darwin's Sciences

Duncan Porter, Peter Graham

ISBN: 978-1-444-33035-9 August 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 264 Pages


A complete scientific biography of Darwin that takes into account the latest research findings, both published and unpublished, on the life of this remarkable man.

Considered the first book to thoroughly emphasize Darwin’s research in various fields of endeavor, what he did, why he did it, and its implications for his time and ours.

Rather than following a strictly chronological approach - a narrative choice that characteristically offers an ascent to On the Origin of Species (1859) with a rapid decline in interest following its publication and reception - this book stresses the diversity and full extent of Darwin’s career by providing a series of chapters centering on various intellectual topics and scientific specializations that interested Darwin throughout his life. 

Authored by academics with years of teaching and discussing Darwin, Darwin's Sciences is suited to any biologist who is interested in the deeper implications of Darwin's research.

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction 1

2 DarwintheGeologist 12

3 DarwintheZoologist 44

4 DarwintheBotanist 93

5 Darwin the Social Scientist 152

6 Coda: Darwin,Worms, and theWorld 208

Bibliography 218

Index 237

"[An] impressively interdisciplinary biography" (Isis 2017)
impressively interdisciplinary

"The book is obviously a labor of love by professors who really care about Darwin and his ideas and want to communicate that love to their students. That for me says a lot positively about the volume. I could really see this work as right for classroom use, perhaps in conjunction with On the Origin of Species itself." (The Quarterly Review of Biology 2016)