Stone Irving : Origin Paperback – Sep 1982
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Note that I have also just read the freely available epub version of Darwin's autobiography on my free phone book reader (nokia symbian phone in this case so your experience may differ), and it is like dessert to this sumptious meal that Stone provides.
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"The origin" is about Charles Darwin, the man who came up with the theory of the evolution of the species by natural selection. In fact, Darwin, living in a static, very religious society, was one of the first scientists to dissociate science from religion, even if at the time it was not his intention, and had many problems because of his theories. Darwin's life was very interesting, from his humble beginning as an observer aboard HMS Beagle to his late and prolific years, when he wrote about varied subjects, becoming one of the first "scientific bestsellers" in the world.
Darwin's life is very well depicted in "The origin", and the reading is not a hard one, even if it's kind of slow. But Stone only presents facts, and makes little effort to present his thoughts about the subject. This is not an insightful kind of biography, more like Darwin's diary written in a more pleasant way. Nevertheless, an excellent book, that provides very useful information about one of the greatest men of all times.
In the 1830's these people were just learning about dinosaurs, and science wasn't even an accepted practice really and if they wanted to travel it was via long sea voyages. They didn't even have typewriters. Compared to what we know today and the technology we have today and the way we travel, you really have to admire these men like Darwin and his compatriots (one of them being Aldous Huxley's grandfather) for what they endured in the name of discovery.
It took extreme courage and conviction for Darwin to publish what he did in that time. To take on creation and thus the church.
What's most interesting (and my really long way of getting here) is that in spite of the vast differences in the world today and the world of Darwin's day, people remain polarized on the issue of creation. Very little on that has changed and when you put that in perspective, it sort of boggles the mind.
This book is out of print, but I highly recommend it. You can get it used from Amazon. Incidentally, I'm not a science person at all ... so this was a real departure for me, and I enjoyed it.