Charles Darwin Volume 2

Charles Darwin Volume 2 : The Power at Place

4.28 (688 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 7-12 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 43mm | 799g
  • Pimlico
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24pp b&w illustrations
  • 0712668373
  • 9780712668378
  • 359,771

Review Text

A marvellous book... This second part of the life stands on its own. Soothing, unhurried and absorbing
show more

Review quote

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 *
show more

About Janet Browne

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.
show more

Rating details

688 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 53% (365)
4 30% (204)
3 12% (80)
2 4% (26)
1 2% (13)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X