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Darwin : portrait of a genius / Paul Johnson.

Book Book (2012.)
Description: 164 p. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
2 of 2 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 2 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 920/DARWIN (Text to Phone) Available -
Stoneham Adult Nonfiction Mezzanine 576.82 JOH (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780670025718
  • ISBN: 0670025712
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: A heritage of genius, and its shadow -- Education and self-education of a scientist -- The loss of God -- The making of a masterpiece -- Among the apes and angels -- How the great botanist missed an opportunity -- Evils of social Darwinism -- Triumph and reversal of natural selection.
Summary: Darwin's revolutionary career is the perfect vehicle for historian Paul Johnson. Marked by the insightful observation, spectacular wit, and highly readable prose for which Johnson is so well regarded, Darwin brings the gentleman-scientist and his times brilliantly into focus. From Darwin's birth into great fortune to his voyage aboard the Beagle, to the long-delayed publication of his masterpiece, Johnson delves into what made this Victorian gentleman into a visionary scientist--and into the tragic flaws that later led Darwin to support the burgeoning eugenics movement.
Citation: Johnson, Paul. "Darwin : portrait of a genius." New York : Viking, 2012.

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