Sign up Origins of a reluctant genius Charles Darwin was one of the most original scientists of all time — and also one of the most misunderstood. August 15, GregLamb If scientists printed their own paper money, says David Quammen, the face of Charles Darwin would be on the bill. Darwin is that important. The ideas he espoused in "The Origin of Species" in were "profoundly original, and dangerous, and thrilling," Quammen writes, making "Origin" not only one of the most important books about science in the last several centuries, but one of the most important books — period.
August Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species, published inis arguably one of the best known and most influential books ever written.
How Darwin arrived at his ideas of natural selection accepted, rejected and debated then and even now and what Darwin was really like makes for a fascinating story in David Quammen's The Reluctant Mr.
Quammen, author of Song of the Dodo and three-time winner of the National Magazine Award, sheds light on the more private Darwin, and the effects of social, familial, religious and scientific influences on the man and his times.
In fact, after that voyage, Darwin never again left Great Britain. It took him more than 20 years to write his theory about evolution of the species. He had notebooks full of observations, yet there was always more to learn and more to think about.
With his retiring personality and his tendency to be ill with anxiety and delicate digestion, Darwin was cautious about publishing a book that was guaranteed to be controversial.
But then there was Alfred Wallace, a field naturalist whose independently developed ideas Darwin found alarmingly similar to his own.
Unlike Darwin, Wallace was eager to publish, impelling Darwin to finish his book and be recognized for his many years of work. Quammen also offers an exploration of Darwin's personal life, including his marriage to his cousin Emma Wedgwood of Wedgwood china fame.
Emma was a devout Christian in contrast to Darwin's intensifying agnosticism. Despite differing views on creation, life and the afterlife, the two had a very loving and respectful bond. Darwin is replete with detail and insight.
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Aug 07, · Quammen has the gift of Daedalus; he gets you out of the maze. And maybe to a bar. When not in the field, you can find Quammen and his subjects talking over a drink or two, over a combo sushi platter, over Turkish food, Chilean steaks and beers or just over a coke and pizza.
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By David Quammen Simon & Schuster. pp. $30 Long before he published "On the Origin of Species," Charles Darwin jotted down his evolutionary ideas in pocket notebooks.
David Quammen is an American science, nature and travel writer and the author of fifteen books. He wrote a column called "Natural Acts" for Outside magazine for fifteen years. His articles have also appeared in National Geographic, Harper's, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Book Review and other periodicals.
In , Quammen's book Spillover was shortlisted for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary . David Quammen’s The Song of the Dodo () challenged that easy view and expanded my sense of the intellectual possibilities available to me.
I came across the book the summer after my senior year of .