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Charles Darwin: Power of Place v. 2: The Power at Place

Charles Darwin: Power of Place v. 2: The Power at Place

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By (author) Janet Browne

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  • Publisher: PIMLICO
  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 233mm x 43mm | 846g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712668373
  • ISBN 13: 9780712668378
  • Illustrations note: 24pp b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 235,657

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This concluding volume of Janet Browne's biography covers the transformation in Darwin's life after the first unexpected announcement of the theory of evolution by natural selection and the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. Always a private man, Darwin found himself a controversial figure, reviewed and discussed in circles that stretched far beyond the boundaries of Victorian science. Janet Browne here examines the wider publishing world of Victorian England and the different audiences that responded to the ideas of one of the leading thinkers of the nineteenth century and considers the Darwinian revolution from Darwin's point of view.

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Janet Browne is a zoologist and historian of science. She was formerly a Professor in the History of Biology at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London. She is currently the Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.

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"One of the most distinguished of all modern biographies" Guardian "A monumental and absorbing biography" Scotsman "Her first book, Voyaging, was hailed as a magisterial introduction to Darwin's life, a work that vividly evoked period, character and ideas. The only question was: could she follow it up? It has taken seven years to get an answer: an emphatic yes" -- Robin McKie Observer "Browne's first volume was warmly received when it appeared seven years ago, and the second triumphantly fulfils its promise...[a] remarkable book" -- James Secord Daily Telegraph "A marvellous book... This second part of the life stands on its own. Soothing, unhurried and absorbing" -- Jane Ridley Spectator