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Books that Charles Darwin wrote

Charles Darwin Published On the Origin of Species in November 1859

Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species on November 24, 1859 and forever changed the way humans think about science. It's not an exaggeration to say that Darwin's landmark work became one of the most influential books in history.

The ideas he expressed in his classic book in 1859 did not occur to him as sudden jolts of inspiration, but were developed over a period of decades.

Research Led Darwin to Write On the Origin of Species

At the end of the Beagle voyage, Darwin arrived back in England on October 2, 1836. After greeting friends and family he distributed to scholarly colleagues specimens he had collected during the expedition aboard the Beagle. Consultations with an ornithologist confirmed that Darwin had discovered several species of birds, and the young naturalist became fascinated with the idea that some species seemed to replace other species.

And Darwin began to realize that species change, and he wondered how that happened.

The summer after returning to England, in July 1837, Darwin began a new notebook and began writing down his thoughts on transmutation, or the concept of one species transforming into another. For the next two years Darwin essentially argued with himself in his notebook, testing out ideas.

Malthus Inspired Charles Darwin

In October 1838 Darwin re-read Essay on the Principle of Population, an influential text by the British philosopher Thomas Malthus. The idea advanced by Malthus that society contains a struggle for existence struck a chord with Darwin.

Malthus had been writing about people struggling to survive in the economic competition of the emerging modern world, but it inspired Darwin to begin thinking of species of animals and their own struggles for survival. The idea of "survival of the fittest" began to take hold.

By the spring of 1840, Darwin had come up with the phrase "natural selection, " as he wrote it in the margin of a book on horse breeding he was reading at the time.

In the early 1840s, Darwin had essentially worked out his theory of natural selection, which holds that organisms best suited to their environment tend to survive and reproduce and thus become dominant.

Darwin began writing an extended work on the subject, which he likened to a pencil sketch and which is now known to scholars as the Sketch.




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BTW, I just read a review of the book.

by arahana

From the review, and the limited mentions I've found in the last several minutes of looking, the L.R. Croft who wrote the book is apparently an ardent creationist--not a credible source at all.
I've copied the review:
Worst book on Darwin ever read, 10 May 2004
By
E. Luger "muppet-fan" (Vienna, Austria) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
This review is from: The Life and Death of Charles Darwin (Hardcover)
As a trained biologist I have read dozens of books on Charles Darwin, and wanted to read more about the life and especially the death of Darwin, as the title of this book suggests

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