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The author of the book: Rebecca Stott
Edition: Bloomsbury UK
Date of issue: May 1st 2012
ISBN: 1408809087
ISBN 13: 9781408809082
Language: English
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Do you love Darwin? You should, really should. I know everyone loves Einstein because he looks so cute in his iconic pictures; his hair makes him seem a bit like a troll doll. Plus his theories seem so brainy and math heavy as to be almost imponderable. But Darwin? He looks so serious in his pictures, like one of the Smith Brothers of cough lozenge fame. And evolution? It isn't mathematical at all. At face value, it's a theory that anyone with observant eyes could have figured out.

But let me tell you, evolution is one beautiful theory that only a true genius could have created. Darwin was every bit the genius that Einstein was. Reading his diaries will put you in awe of just how incredibly intellectually gifted Darwin was in his twenties. I love Darwin, obviously. So does Rebecca Stott, who has done a very elegant and interesting thing. She charts the lives and intellectual history of the giants of natural history whose shoulders Darwin stood on.

Darwin's Ghosts is really about the history of natural history from Aristotle all the way up to Darwin. That's 2000 years worth of scientific observations. Each chapter is devoted to a different naturalist. Darwin's Ghosts is popular science writing done quietly and carefully. The quality of the prose is a major step above most popular science writing. Attention is paid not only to scientific details, but also to word choice and sentence rhythms. Some of the sentences are so good that they made me pause and smile.

I knew most of this history before I picked up Darwin's Ghosts. I'm probably not a good reviewer to assess the mass appeal of this book. As a scientist and natural historian, I'd rate it as an excellent piece of writing. My only criticism is that Ms. Stott should have gone even deeper into the lives she chronicles. The subject matter is so important that it demands something with a little more meat even in a popular science treatment.


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Ebook Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists read Online! Rebecca Stott was born in Cambridge in 1964 and raised in Brighton in a large Plymouth Brethren community. She studied English and Art History at York University and then completed an MA and PhD whilst raising her son, Jacob, born in 1984.

She is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and culture, two books of non-fiction, including a partial biography of Charles Darwin, and a cultural history of the oyster. She is now a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She has three children, Jacob, Hannah and Kezia and has lived in Cambridge since 1993. She has made several radio programmes for Radio Four.

Her first novel, Ghostwalk, is published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in the UK, is the launch novel of the new fiction list of Spiegel and Grau in the US (a new division of Random House) and is being translated into 12 different languages including Russian and Chinese.
She is writing her next novel, The Coral Thief.


Reviews of the Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists


THEODORE

Why is she out! It must be endless!

WILLIAM

Why is she out! It must be endless!

ROSE

Why do you ask me to write a phone?

AARON

For those who are bored to live

AMELIA

Useful book, lots of information




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