His starting point was that progeny are not always exact replicas of their parents: they can differ from them, if only slightly, and pass the difference on to their offspring.
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He then suggested that when the difference happens to be advantageous, it will proliferate in succeeding generations. If you were religiously inclined you might attribute this built-in bias towards improvement to a benevolent providence, but Darwin had an alternative explanation: organisms that have an advantageous variation will be better at generating offspring, and will steadily out-breed their less fortunate cousins, driving them to extinction when the means of life become scarce.
Darwin struggled with headaches, eczema and indigestion.
He spent hours botanising with his children or teaching them to do experiments, such as finding out how worms respond to a serenade on the bassoon. But he made no great claims to originality. Wells in , and extended to other species by Patrick Matthew in Darwin hoped, however, to do some service to science by bringing these elements together in a single arc of argument, supported by masses of detailed observations. It was also — like Voyage of the Beagle , only more so — an artful work of literature: perhaps the only scientific classic that amateurs like me can read with pleasure from cover to cover.
Darwin begins very gently, saluting the unremembered farmers who have created new varieties of plants and animals by grafting, crossing and selecting over the past four thousand years. Order by , and we can deliver your NextDay items by. In your cart, save the other item s for later in order to get NextDay delivery.
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Tell us if something is incorrect. Add to Cart. Free freight delivery. Arrives by Wed, Oct 2. Pickup not available. Return policy. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. In so doing Wiker has created the single best analytical biography of Darwin in print.
True, Desmond and Moore and Janet Browne produced good descriptive biographies but both fell short in providing the kind of frank analyses required of the subject. Janet Browne managed an exhaustive account that took two volumes to tell. Today, perhaps more than any other historian, Browne is the reigning Dean of Darwin biographers.
Despite general accolades from the review community, not everyone agreed. But in the end what are we left with? These relatively minor criticisms aside, Wiker has produced a masterful piece of analytic biography. This truly is a must read for anyone interested the man who has arguably had more influence over modern society than any other. Wiker is to be commended for his contribution. Alberto R. So whence this argument basically a strawman argument? Because of a post on another thread, I looked at what Wikipedia had to say about Carolus Linnaeus.
Why does it persist? Does it persist because it helps Richard Dawkins feel like a respectable atheist?
The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies Charles Darwin
Great review — thanks for bringing the book and its themes to our attention. Thanks, Lars, for catching the typo. Those little gremlins like to creep in.
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