Charles Darwin and the Question of Evolution: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)

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The publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 1859 is widely regarded as a turning point in knowledge of the natural world. But Darwin's theory of natural selection was not developed in a vacuum; rather, it represents the culmination of an enormous shift in scientific and popular opinion on the subject of species mutability from the late eighteenth century onward. Through her insightful introduction and engaging collection of documents, Sandra Herbert examines this era of scientific thought and the startling discoveries that led Darwin and others to the conclusion that life has evolved. A wide range of documents from over a dozen authors -- including letters, illustrations, scientific tracts, and excerpts from Darwin's own notebooks and On the Origin of Species -- offer a fascinating glimpse into this crucial era of scientific thought. Thoughtful document headnotes, questions for consideration, a chronology, and a selected bibliography provide students with additional context and pedagogical support.

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SANDRA HERBERT (Ph.D. Brandeis University) is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. A scholar of Charles Darwin, Herbert edited The Red Notebook of Charles Darwin (1980) and co-edited Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836-1844 (1987). Her book Charles Darwin: Geologist (2005), won the Geology Society of America's Mary C. Rabbitt Award, the History of Science Society's Suzanne J. Levinson Book Award, the American Historical Association's George L. Mosse Prize, and the North American Conference on British Studies' Albion Book Prize.

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'Herbert's book is first rate. The introduction more than adequately prepares students for the superbly-chosen documents that follow.' - James J. Sack, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA 'I like how the author has presented natural history as international endeavour and how she shows the personal connections among the authors represented in the volume's documents.' - Shirley Roe, University of Connecticut, USA 'Herbert's volume covers a great deal of terrain with grace and clarity, and overall strikes a fine balance between introducing material for first-time readers and pointing toward next-level questions for reflection. It flows together beautifully, is written in a scholarly yet somewhat conversational tone that students will greatly appreciate, and the scholarship is exemplary.' - Katherine Pandora, University of Oklahoma, USA 'A good and useful volume for courses that spend a week or two on Darwin and the origins of evolutionary biology.' - Robert Friedel, University of Maryland, USA

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