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The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin And the Making of His Theory of Evolution
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date July 1, 2006
Pages 304
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393059816
ISBN-10 0393059812
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $22.95
Other format details sci/tech
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Summary
Traces the twenty-one-year period between Charles Darwin's original idea about natural selection and the publication of On the Origin of Species, in an account that draws on his secret 'transmutation' notebooks and personal letters to offer insight into his experiences as a cautious naturalist.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A fresh look at Darwin's most radical idea, and the mysteriously slow process by which he revealed it.

Evolution, during the early nineteenth century, was an idea in the air. Other thinkers had suggested it, but no one had proposed a cogent explanation for how evolution occurs. Then, in September 1838, a young Englishman named Charles Darwin hit upon the idea that "natural selection" among competing individuals would lead to wondrous adaptations and species diversity. Twenty-one years passed between that epiphany and publication of On the Origin of Species. The human drama and scientific basis of Darwin's twenty-one-year delay constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that elucidates the character of a cautious naturalist who initiated an intellectual revolution.

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin is a book for everyone who has ever wondered about who this man was and what he said. Drawing from Darwin's secret "transmutation" notebooks and his personal letters, David Quammen has sketched a vivid life portrait of the man whose work never ceases to be controversial.

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Hardcover
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (July 1, 2006)
9780393059816 | details & prices | 304 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Traces the twenty-one-year period between Charles Darwin's original idea about natural selection and the publication of 'On the Origin of Species,' in an account that offers insight into his experiences as a cautious naturalist.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (July 1, 2007)
9780393329957 | details & prices | 304 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Traces the twenty-one-year period between Charles Darwin's original idea about natural selection and the publication of 'On the Origin of Species,' in an account that offers insight into his experiences as a cautious naturalist.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Grover Gardner (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (July 28, 2006)
9781572705692 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Traces the twenty-one-year period between Charles Darwin's original idea about natural selection and the publication of 'On the Origin of Species,' in an account that offers insight into his experiences as a cautious naturalist.

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