Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

Hailed as the definitive biography, this monumental work explains the character and paradoxes of Charles Darwin and opens up the full panorama of Victorian science, theology, and mores. The authors bring to life Darwin's reckless student days in Cambridge, his epic five-year voyage on the Beagle, and his grueling struggle to develop his theory of evolution.


Adrian Desmond and James Moore's gripping narrative reveals the great personal cost to Darwin of pursuing inflammatory truths—telling the whole story of how he came to his epoch-making conclusions.

Title:Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393311501
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    Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist Reviews

  • Lynne King

    This book has to be one of my favourite biographies and is rather large but definitely worth the effort to delve into the mind of this incredible person.Highly recommended....

  • John

    After p. 235This book is clearly a superlative example of highly successful biographical narrative. There's nothing new in this assessment, so I won't waste words of that kind. I will, however, waste ...

  • Michael Huang

    Darwin has two free-thinking grandpas. Erasmus Darwin is a freethinking doctor plus erotic poet. He prescribes sex for hypochondria. The other grandpa Josiah Wedgwood is a technocrat in “Lunar socie...

  • Simon A.

    This is a good thorough biography of Charles Darwin, covering his whole life, in a chronological order, and divided into 7 time periods. Despite the large number of references (books, manuscripts, let...

  • Jack

    Stephen Jay Gould was right when he described this book as "the" biography to read about Charles Darwin. For a huge book (676 pages) it's a pretty easy read; The authors have a nice flowing style. The...

  • Michael Alford

    I have rarely read a book which destroyed it's own thesis so completely. The presumed thesis of the book is that Darwin was a solid Christian who lost his faith due to his discoveries and suffered fr...

  • Sharon A.

    Outstanding. Beautifully written, impeccably referenced. One of the best biographies I've ever read. It provides deep and important insight into Darwin, his family, and his world at the very dawn of s...

  • Chris Townsend

    Excellent detailed and well-written biography. ...

  • Chris

    It's unreal how fantastic this biography is. A good biography should give a clear portrait of the person and in addition fully colour in the background so you feel you have unintentionally learnt abou...

  • Steve Kimmins

    A bit of a hero of mine. At least in terms of his dedication to the scientific method. He was just so thorough. He really didn't want to dethrone the religious outlook on creation but he just didn't h...