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Charles Darwin, a Victorian scientist and naturalist, has become one of the most famous figures of science to date. Born in 1809 to an upper-middle-class medical family, he was destined for a career in either medicine or the Anglican Church. However, he never completed his medical education and his future changed entirely in 1831 when he joined HMS Beagle as a self-financing, independent naturalist. On returning to England in 1836 he began to write up his theories and observations which culminated in a series of books, most famously On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859, where he challenged and contradicted contemporary biological and religious beliefs with two decades worth of scientific investigation and theory. Darwin's theory of natural selection is now the most widely accepted scientific model of how species evolve. He died in 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Damien Hirst is an internationally renowned English artist, who has dominated the art scene in England since the 1990s. Known in particular for his series of works on death, Hirst here provides a contemporary, visual take on Darwin's theory of evolution - the struggle between life and death in nature.
William Bynum is Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at University College, London, and was for many years Head of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. He edited the scholarly journal Medical History from 1980 to 2001, and his previous publications include Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century; The Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine (co-edited with Roy Porter); The Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations(with Roy Porter), The Dictionary of Medical Biography (with Helen Bynum), and History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction. He lives in Suffolk.
With Isaac Newton, Darwin did more to influence the course of science and civilization than most. His work (Origen of the Species) is a stellar example of extraordinary insights. Read morePublished 13 days ago by John Sheehan
Pages of the book have blue market underlining on almost every page, quite annoying to concentrate to read.Published 14 days ago by Jose
Anyone that is interested in evolutionary biology should read this book. The book is a little tedious to read, but it contains all the details of Darwin's theory of evolution. Read morePublished 21 days ago by william cole
One of the books everyone should read before twenty, and then decennially.Published 29 days ago by bert
The book that put The Enlightenment into high gear and gave Atheists the most compelling arguments which still help deconvert the deluded to this day.Published 1 month ago by Ullrich Fischer