Who Was Charles Darwin?

  • Who Was Charles Darwin?

May 19, 2005
Grosset & Dunlap
Ages 9-12

As a young boy, Charles Darwin hated school and was often scolded for conducting "useless" experiments. Yet his passion for the natural world was so strong that he suffered through terrible seasickness during his five-year voyage aboard The Beagle. Darwin collected new creatures from the coasts of Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands, and expanded his groundbreaking ideas that would change people's understanding of the natural world. About 100 illustrations and a clear, exciting text will make Darwin and his theory of evolution an exciting discovery for every young reader.

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Turn on the news and you will find that with debates on intelligent design and evolution, Charles Darwin is almost as controversial today as he was when he first published the Origin of Species. Learn more about evolution, Charles Darwin and his world, and how scientists today are using his work. 

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Short Bibliography Barlow, Nora, ed.  The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1958.

Browne, Janet.  Charles Darwin: Voyaging. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. 

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Darwin, Charles.  The Origin of Species, 1859.

Keynes, R.D., ed.  Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary.  Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge  University Press, 1988.

Mayr, Ernst.  What Evolution Is. New York: Basic Books, 2001.