Charles Darwin was born in England in 1809 and attended the University of Edinburgh to study medicine. When he decided against that vocation, he enrolled at Cambridge where he earned a degree in theology. During an expedition to Africa and South America, Darwin continued his studies in natural science and began writing about his theories of natural selection. His work led to the publication of On the Origin of Species, a book that changed the world.
Charles Darwin: Original Thinking
Each generation of students comes to Darwin's epoch-making works, several of which are the basis of our publishing program in biology and related fields: The Essential Darwin, 2006; The Descent of Man, 2010; The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, 2006; and On the Origin of the Species, 2006.
In the Author's Own Words:
"A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there."
"I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can."
"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
"Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system ? with all these exalted powers ? Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin." ? Charles Darwin
Darwin's theory of natural selection is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological inter-relatedness revealing the almost unthinkably complex and mutual inter-dependencies between animal and plant life, climate and physical environment and - by implication - the human world.
This engrossing tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's ghostly journeys through Christmases past, present, and future and his ultimate transformation from a harsh and grasping old miser to a charitable and compassionate human being.
Accounts of Thoreau's daily life on the shores of Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, are interwoven with musings on the virtues of self-reliance and individual freedom, on society, government, and other topics. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
In the Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. The present edition provides a detailed discussion of his theories and adds an account of the responses of readers to the book on first publication. These cast light on recent controversies, such as questions of design and descent.
Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied.
This anthology contains some of the African-American rights advocate's most noted writings and speeches, among them "Declaration of the Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World" and "Africa for the Africans."
The Croatian-American inventor recounts the story of his life, from his schooling and work in Europe to development of the alternating-current induction motor. Includes "The Problem of Increasing Human Energy."
Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" is one of the most widely cited books in modern science. Yet tackling this classic can be daunting for students and general readers alike because of Darwin's Victorian prose and the complexity and scope of his ideas. This title is suitable for those seeking to understand Darwin's "Origin of Species".
By any measure, the Pythagorean theorem is the most famous statement in all of mathematics. This work presents the story of this famous theorem. It sheds light on the characters that played a role in the development of the Pythagorean theorem, providing a backdrop to perhaps our oldest enduring mathematical legacy.
Explains the world of nanotechnology and who controls it. This book explores the potential consequences for individuals, the environment, and relations between the powers. Nanotechnology could bridge or widen the gap between rich and poor - this is the political decision that civil society must address.
The Fifth Kingdom is a basic text in mycology. It surveys the world of mycology through classification, physiology and genetics, and discusses applications of mycology in the modern world, from brewing and baking to health, medicine and disease.
What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? This title argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. It describes the 'neurobiological platform of bonding' that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior.
'It's the animal in us', we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? This book tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality. It argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our 'selfish' genes.
68 all new commentaries on the fascinaing chemistry of life. This general audience science book blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science. Dr. Schwarcz's first book, Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs was a best seller in 1999.
In 2011, Popular Mechanics gathered a panel of experts, including esteemed inventors, tech gurus, even a moonwalking astronaut, to create a definitive list of 101 gadgets that changed the course of history. This title features inventions that ranges from the microscope, bicycle and transistor radio to the hearing aid, electric guitar and Roomba.
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