Charles darwin inventions and discoveries

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Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson

Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers?

In this bold new life - the first single volume biography in twenty-five years - A. N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and Gods Funeral, goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin.

Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a symbol. But what did he symbolize? In Wilsons portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything.

But was Darwins 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of natures grand plan?

Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isnt afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.
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Darwin and Natural Selection: Crash Course History of Science #22

Editor's Note: This story, originally published in the July issue of Scientific American , is being made available due to the th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species. Clearly, our conception of the world and our place in it is, at the beginning of the 21st century, drastically different from the zeitgeist at the beginning of the 19th century.
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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin , in full Charles Robert Darwin , born February 12, , Shrewsbury, Shropshire , England—died April 19, , Downe, Kent , English naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies. An affable country gentleman, Darwin at first shocked religious Victorian society by suggesting that animals and humans shared a common ancestry. However, his nonreligious biology appealed to the rising class of professional scientists, and by the time of his death evolutionary imagery had spread through all of science , literature, and politics. Darwin, himself an agnostic , was accorded the ultimate British accolade of burial in Westminster Abbey , London. Growing up, Charles Darwin was always attracted to the sciences.

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EVOLUTION AND CHARLES DARWIN - NOVA - Discovery History Science (documentary)

Charles Darwin is centrally important in the development of scientific and humanist ideas because he first made people aware of their place in the evolutionary process when the most powerful and intelligent form of life discovered how humanity had evolved. The theory of evolution by natural selection was first put forward by Darwin in On the Origin of Species, published in , and his theory is still generally accepted as the best available explanation of the way life on this planet developed. His grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, an eminent naturalist and poet. As a boy he collected beetles, moths and other objects of curiosity, and he and his brother did simple chemistry experiments in the attic of their large house. He attended Shrewsbury School where he did not do particularly well — he was more interested in beetles than in Latin grammar. Neither was he a very successful university student.

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  1. Elpidio H. says:

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  2. Acacio G. says:

    Charles Darwin did not invent anything but he discovered a lot as a scientist and theories that would make Darwin famous, his main discoveries and ideas did.

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