A glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s intellectual giants.,The Autobiographies of Charles Darwin (1809-82) provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and experiences of one of the world’s intellectual giants. They begin with engaging memories of his childhood and youth and of his burgeoning scientific curiosity and love of the natural world, which led to him joining the expedition on the Beagle. Darwin follows this with survey of his career and ends with a reckoning of his life’s work. Interspersed with these recollections are fascinating portraits – from his devoted wife Emma and his talented father, both bullying and kind, to the leading figures of the Victorian scientific world he counted among his friends, including Lyell and Huxley. Honest and illuminating, these memoirs reveal a man who was isolated by his controversial beliefs and whose towering achievements were attained by a life-long passion for the discoveries of science.,For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Charles Darwin???s classic that exploded into public controversy, revolutionized the course of science, and continues to transform our views of the world.,Few other books have created such a lasting storm of controversy as The Origin of Species. Darwin???s theory that species derive from other species by a gradual evolutionary process and that the average level of each species is heightened by the ???survival of the fittest??? stirred up popular debate to fever pitch. Its acceptance revolutionized the course of science.,As Sir Julian Huxley, the noted biologist, points out in his illuminating introduction, the importance of Darwin???s contribution to modern scientific knowledge is almost impossible to evaluate: ???a truly great book, one which can still be read with profit by professional biologist.???Includes an Introduction by Sir Julian Huxley