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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Natural history; Geology; Voyages around the world; South America; Beagle Expedition/ 1831-1836; Voyages and travels; Beagle Expedition/ (1831-1836); Biography
Charles Darwin became interested in the study of evolution when he was official naturalist on the HMS Beagle, which sailed around the world from 1831 to 1836. After his return, he continued his research on animal and plant forms, concluding that selection was the key to man's success. His theory of evolution, soon known as Darwinism, stated that beneficial variations of species were preserved, while others, unfavored by their environments, were eliminated in the struggle for existence. Later his discoveries were corroborated by Mendelian genetics and became the prime cornerstone of modern scientific teaching. Always poor in health, he spent the last 40 years of his life studying and writing at his home in Down, Sussex. Darwin had the faculty of writing simply on abstruse matters; his use of reminiscence or a discursive anecdote lending great color to his scientific expositions.
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For the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's publication of ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, the National Geographic Society is releasing this handsome reprint of his famous personal account of the trip. Darwin took extensive notes and diligently recorded his observations in this journal, which covers much more than his scientific research. He also writes extensively on the difficult conditions on board the ship, his battles with seasickness, his traveling companions, and his developing philosophies. Featuring an insightful introduction by bestselling nature writer David Quammen, this is sure to be the definitive edition of Darwin's classic for years to come.