The Young Charles Darwin

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Yale University Press
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6.2 X 1.0 X 9.2 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author

Keith Thomson is professor emeritus of natural history, University of Oxford, and senior research fellow, the American Philosophical Society. He is also the author of more than 200 scientific papers and twelve books. Thomson lives in Philadelphia.


"The image of Darwin as the doddering old sage of Down, taking his daily constitutional walks about the backyard sand path thinking deep thoughts about the philosophical implications of evolution, has become so iconic that we forget what he was like in his youth and prime. Keith Thomson has brilliantly resurrected the young Charles Darwin, revealing the inchoate mind of a genius in the early stages of countless starts and stops, hunches and hypotheses. This compelling narrative reminds us of how creativity and insight really begin."--Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist Scientific American, author of Why Darwin Matters

--Michael Shermer
"Thomson's The Young Charles Darwin is written in a highly accessible style that will appeal to a wide range of readers...There is much of value here."--;I>Review Forum on Charles Darwin and Darwiniana--Catherine Day and James G. Lennox "Review Forum on Charles Darwin and Darwiniana "
"Thomson, who manages to be stylish, scholarly and entertaining all at the same time, investigates Darwin's early years and how he arrived at his revolutionary ideas."--Scientific American--Scientific American (02/01/2009)
"What we have here is not just a specific study of how Darwin came to write what he did but a general study into the working of a mind."--Contemporary Review --Contemporary Review