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Autobiographies (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

By Charles Darwin (Author), Michael Neve (Editor) & Sharon Messenger (Editor)
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Item description for Autobiographies (Penguin Classics) by Charles Darwin, Michael Neve & Sharon Messenger...

Presents a fragment of a memoir that Darwin wrote at the age of twenty-nine, and the longer piece entitled "Recollections," which he wrote in 1876.

Publishers Description
Self-taught and ambitious, Charles Darwin is most famous for his groundbreaking-and to some still controversial-theory of evolution and natural selection. In Autobiographies the great scientist weighs his career and his life.
Darwin's memoir concentrates on his public career and towering scientific achievements but is also full of moments from his private life. There are lively anecdotes about his family and contemporaries, as well as haunting memories of a mother he never knew, a hot-tempered father he could never please, and lingering doubts about the fitness of the genes he was passing on to his heirs.
Autobiographies comprises a fragment Darwin wrote at the age of twenty-nine and the longer "Recollections" of 1876, showing a man toward the end of his life who stands isolated, dogged by illness and self-doubt.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Penguin Classics
Pages   672
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 24, 2002
Publisher   Penguin Classics
Age  18
Edition  New  
ISBN  0140433902  
ISBN13  9780140433906  
UPC  051488011002  

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More About Charles Darwin, Michael Neve & Sharon Messenger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and died in 1882.

Charles Darwin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences
  2. Dover Thrift Editions
  3. Enriched Classics (Pocket)
  4. Modern Library (Paperback)
  5. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  6. Penguin Classics

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