Charles Darwin was just 22 when he went on his first voyage around the world in 1831. Darwin's father at first refused to allow his young son to go on the voyage. Fortunately, his father relented, and Darwin's journal is now considered by many to be the greatest scientific travel narrative ever written.Charles Darwin was just 22 when he went on his first voyage around the world in 1831. Darwin's father at first refused to allow his young son to go on the voyage. Fortunately, his father relented, and Darwin's journal is now considered by many to be the greatest scientific travel narrative ever written.Read Less
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illustrations. Octavo, dustwrapper, 466 pp., black and white line drawings. BRAND NEW. In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on an expedition that, in his own words, determined my whole career. "The Voyage of the Beagle" chronicles his five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While travelling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master work, "The Origin of Species". Travel memoir and scientific primer alike, "The Voyage of the Beagle" is a lively and accessible introduction to the mind of one of history's most influential thinkers.
This is Charles Darwin's rewrite of the journal of his voyage round the world in a British exploring vessel, the Beagle. Its scientific significance is that in it he records observations that gave him inklings that species were not eternally fixed but could evolve.
It's also a rattling good adventure and travel story. The best book I took to the Galapagos,it made serious fun tracing Darwin's movements, and fun fun teasing my fellow greenies. "The hawks are so tame I pushed one off his perch with the muzzle of my shotgun", "The tortoises of James Island are esteemed especially tasty." led to "Why are you shcked? I was quoting Darwin."
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