"Peter Bowler has fulfilled the obligation to explain the significance of Darwin's work to a more general audience, seizing the opportunity to transmit the conclusions of recent scholarship." British Journal for the History of Science
"...a comprehensive survey of Darwin in and out of his own time and a sound introduction to recent scholarship." Times Literary Supplement
Combining biography and cultural history, this study of the controversial Darwin's life and influence shows how his contemporaries were unable to appreciate precisely those aspects of his thinking considered scientifically important today.