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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon August 17, 2009
David Quammen has edited two extremely attractive, illustrated editions of CD's seminal works, On the Origin of Species, and Voyage of the Beagle. They are worthy buying together. His edition of the Origin is heavily interspersed with sidebars from the Voyage, and makes what can often be rather heavy Victorian prose come alive.

Likewise, his edition of the Voyage is also splendidly illustrated, and reminds us that the young post-grad Darwin was seeing the world for the first time, and constantly running into *facts* about nature that challenged his previous *ideas* gleaned at University The prose is much more lively than the origin, and Quammen can raise the cloud the size of a man's fist as we see the diversity of life in the Galapagos.

The two volumes together will make an excellent birthday / Christmas / Darwinmas [Nov 19, the 150th anniversary of publication] present for any student of biology or natural history.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon September 3, 2000
Remember this says "Journal" and that is what it is. It is his first parson adventures on and off the Beagle. He even includes stories about the people on the ship, the ship's life, and maintenance. He is always going ashore and venturing beyond the ship charter to go where no Englishman has gone before. He makes friends with tyrants and the down trodden. Once, to get an animal to come to him, he lay on his back and waved his arms and legs in the air. Whatever you do, do not turn your back on him. He is always knocking something on the head and taking it back for study. It is fun trying to match the old names for places with the new.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon September 9, 2010
Remember this says "Journal" and that is what it is. It is his first parson adventures on and off the Beagle. He even includes stories about the people on the ship, the ship's life, and maintenance. He is always going ashore and venturing beyond the ship charter to go where no Englishman has gone before. He makes friends with tyrants and the down trodden. Once, to get an animal to come to him, he lay on his back and waved his arms and legs in the air. Whatever you do, do not turn your back on him. He is always knocking something on the head and taking it back for study. It is fun trying to match the old names for places with the new.
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on August 23, 1998
From 1831 to 1836 Charles Darwin, then a young man in his twenties, was the official naturalist on the Royal Navy ship HMS Beagle. The Beagle spent five years completing a survey of the coasts of South America and making a series of longitude measurements around the world. This proved to be one of the most important scientific voyages of the 19th century, for it was on this voyage that Darwin made the observations that lead, twenty years later, to his formulating the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. This book is Darwin's account of his observations on this voyage. Darwin was a master of detailed observation, and he describes the things he observed -- the plants, animals, geology, and people -- in loving detail. His accounts are always lively and full of interest. Darwin was also a master of inductive reasoning, and there are several superb examples of this in this book. Perhaps the finest is Darwin's induction of the cause of the formation of the coral atolls that dot the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean (his theory was proved correct in the 20th century). Indeed, much of the value of this book for the modern reader lies in the many examples it contains of scientific, inductive thought; a powerful method of reasoning that is as neglected today as it was in Darwin's time.
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on December 19, 2013
Très bon livre. Bien écrit. Un incontournable de la littérature. 9/10 A+
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 1999
While our present day science curricullum owes much of it's insight to the inspirational theories of Charles Darwin, science as it is taught by schoolhouse instructors lacks the intestinal fortitude shown by the young Darwin. If everyone involved in the study of science were to approach not only life but science in the same manner as Charles Darwin who knows where we would be today. Confusion over whether or not there is a supreme diety has brought us to a virtual standstill in areas that desperately need our further attention. After reading The Voyage of the Beagle, I came to realize how Darwin was not intent on setting the religious world on its head. Instead he was living the dreams of any headstrong young man bent on seeing the world in its purest form. I would recommend this book to any scientist or researcher for that matter who feels he/she has yet to feel the fire light their inspirational drive.
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on April 1, 2000
This is an extremely interesting book; well worth reading. However I would not recommend getting the edition published by Wordsworth (ISBN 185364768). It was not proof-read very carefully, and contains a lot of typographical errors.
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