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by Josephine Bailey,Janet Browne

  • ISBN: 1400103886
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Josephine Bailey,Janet Browne
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (March 24, 2007)
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Origin of Species" did indeed "change the world" and this fine introduction hopefully will facilitate greater and wider understanding of Darwin's enormous contribution to science and our understanding of the world we inhabit.

Origin of Species" did indeed "change the world" and this fine introduction hopefully will facilitate greater and wider understanding of Darwin's enormous contribution to science and our understanding of the world we inhabit. 13 people found this helpful. It is short book, but well written. It puts the Origin of Species in context of Darwin's time and in the context of modern time. It explains the time and effort it took Darwin to develop his evidence.

A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of the Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection. And Darwin’s seminal work is nearly as controversial today

Charles Darwin’s foremost biographer, Janet Browne, delivers a. . And Darwin’s seminal work is nearly as controversial today. As one of the launch titles in Atlantic Monthly Press’ Books That Changed the World series, Browne’s history takes readers inside The Origin of the Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published.

No book has changed our understanding of ourselves more than Darwin's Origin of Species. In this book, Janet Browne, Charles Darwin's foremost biographer, shows why Darwin's Origin of Species can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published

No book has changed our understanding of ourselves more than Darwin's Origin of Species. It caused a sensation on its first day of publication in 1859 and went on to become an international bestseller. In this book, Janet Browne, Charles Darwin's foremost biographer, shows why Darwin's Origin of Species can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published. She describes the genesis of Darwin's theories, explains how they were initially received and examines why they remain so contentious today.

The book is part of a series called 'Books that changed the world'

The book is part of a series called 'Books that changed the world'. Realizing that 'The Origin of Species' is one of those is not any stretch of the imagination - it was absolutely revolutionary. Aug 19, 2008 Iris rated it really liked it. Dense yet brief, not a biography of Darwin but a story of the conception, creation and reception of the book that changed everything.

Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography. Written by Janet Browne . Narrated by Josephine Bailey. A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection. And Darwin's seminal work is nearly as controversial today. As one of the launch titles in the Atlantic Monthly Press's Books That Changed the World series, Browne's history takes readers inside The Origin of Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

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A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection. And Darwin's seminal work is nearly as controversial today. In her illuminating study, award-winning biographer Janet Browne delves into the long genesis of Darwin's theories, from his readings as a university student and his five-year voyage on the Beagle, to his debates with contemporaries and experiments in his garden. She explores the shock to Darwin when he read of competing scientists' similar discoveries and the wide and immediate impact of Darwin's theories on the world. As one of the launch titles in the Atlantic Monthly Press's Books That Changed the World series, Browne's history takes readers inside The Origin of Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published.
Reviews about Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography (Books That Changed the World) (7):
Vushura
The below is a review of the unabridged CD audiobook

This book is a blend of biography, history of the times in relationship to evolutionary theory and its competing theories, how Darwin's theory came about, a history of Darwin's writing and their development over time (not just Origin of Species), what the legacy of Darwin's theory has been and what recent developments have been impacting the theory of evolution (i.e., the impact of genetic theory of evolution). The book does a very good job at touching at all these topics in its relatively short length. Very good for the lay reader who is looking for a decent combination of all of the above. For a reader looking for an-depth discussion of any of the above however, this would not be the book to read. It is only intended as a survey of the above topics and in that it succeeds.

The CD is very beautifully read and quite eloquent. Unquestionably one of the best audiobooks this reviewer has had the pleasure to listen to (and this reviewer listens to many). The reader is always enthusiastic, never monotone and the accent captures well both the times and the author. Very good for long trips as well as listening to on one's daily commute to and from work (when one is most tired). The audio portion of the book is a five star while the content itself is a four star.
Abuseyourdna
When it comes to Darwin and Darwin-related issues, I have found Janet Browne's works to be outstanding contributions. Her two volume biography of Darwin is commanding in its mastery of the pertinent materials; a legacy in part of her many years working on the Darwin Correspondence project. For those of us on this side of the Atlantic, the good news is that she was recently appointed Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, leaving her long-time perch at the Wellcome Institute in London. In addition to being definitive, her books and articles are just a pleasure to read--here is Darwin at the height of his powers doing significant work and leading a happy and productive upper-class Victorian scientific life.

This is one out of a series of short books entitled "Books That Changed the World." It is yet another example of the recent trend toward concise volumes (this one runs 174 pages including index) that, despite their brevity, cram in a tremendous amount of useful information. After a brief introduction, the first two chapters are mini-biographies of Darwin prior to publication of the "Origin." As always, Browne is interested on the books and ideas (Lyell, Malthus, etc.) that shaped Darwin's own perspective. Since Browne knows more about Darwin than anyone else, these brief chapters are rich indeed in insight and perception--small gems. Next, Browne moves on to the actual publication of the "Origin" and the Victorian intellectual framework into which it was released. The controversy the book unleashed is covered in the next chapter, perhaps the longest and surely the most concentrated in the book. If anything, too much information is included here, especially for readers new to Darwin and Victorian science, and it is covered rather quickly. The final chapter deals with developments occurring from Darwin's death up until virtually the present, particularly in genetics and other scientific developments ultimately upholding Darwin's thesis.

The book includes brief notes and a short bibliography, as well as a fine index. "Origin of Species" did indeed "change the world" and this fine introduction hopefully will facilitate greater and wider understanding of Darwin's enormous contribution to science and our understanding of the world we inhabit.
Wetiwavas
It is short book, but well written. It puts the Origin of Species in context of Darwin's time and in the context of modern time. It explains the time and effort it took Darwin to develop his evidence.
Enditaling
This is one of the most famous books ever written. Every educated person should have some familiarity with it. I'm glad to be able to add it to my library. This book arrived undamaged and quickly. Thanks.
Anararius
Interesting view of Darwin's life and times as well as some of his interactions with colleagures,and reaction to Origin of Species and Descent of Man is presented in a logical and flowing narrative. The only reason for four stars instead of five is that I wanted to know more about some topics.
Wizard
"Origin of Species" met my expectations by explaining Darwin's theories and by providing an overview of his life in a brief format.
Taur
In the second sentence of the first page, the author writes that Darwin was born in April, 1809. In fact, he was born two months earlier, on February 12. My guess is that Ms Browne is a fine historian, but come on, that's a pretty egregious mistake for a historian, especially given the interesting historical coincidence of the date (the same as Abraham Lincoln's). Because of that obvious error on the very first page, my reading of the book was spoiled by the nagging question of what other facts may have been misstated.
Everything about Charles Darwin can be found in Ms. Browne's book which was brilliantly written. Everyone who loves science should read this book.

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