Academic journal article et Cetera

Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life

Academic journal article et Cetera

Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life

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Niles Eldredge. Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life. New York: Norton, 2005.

Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and today, almost 200 after his birth, he continues to be a towering figure in Western culture, having inspired scientific advancement, intellectual debate, and moral controversy in every generation succeeding the publication of his theories. Eldredge writes, "Darwin remains, like Lincoln, a symbol of worldview. A view of what life is and how it came to be, and above all else, a view of who we humans are and how we came to be that remains in some quarters a promise to be fully realized, and to others a satanic threat to all that is good and holy." Who was the man whose ideas rocked the scientific and moral foundations of his time and would prove scandalous enough to fuel a "culture war" 200 years later?

Drawing on extensive primary and secondary sources including Darwin's Transmutation notebooks and manuscripts, which are interpreted here for the first time for the general reader, Niles Eldredge presents a comprehensive study of Darwin's challenging intellectual and personal journey. …

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