[PDF] Evolution's Captain by Peter Nichols | Perlego
Get access to over 650,000 titles
Start your free trial today and explore our endless library.
Start free trial
Join perlego now to get access to over 650,000 books
Join perlego now to get access to over 650,000 books
Join perlego now to get access to over 650,000 books
Evolution's Captain
Evolution's Captain

Evolution's Captain

Peter Nichols
Start free trial
shareBook
Share book
pages
352 pages
language
English
format
ePUB (mobile friendly)
availableOnMobile
Available on iOS & Android

Evolution's Captain

Peter Nichols
Book details
Table of contents

About This Book

This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today. That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22-year-old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle. This is the remarkable story of how a misguided decision by Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle, precipitated his employment of a young naturalist named Charles Darwin, and how the clash between FitzRoy' s fundamentalist views and Darwin' s discoveries led to FitzRoy' s descent into the abyss. One of the great ironies of history is that the famous journey— wherein Charles Darwin consolidated the earth-rattling ' origin of the species' discoveries— was conceived by another man: Robert FitzRoy. It was FitzRoy who chose Darwin for the journey— not because of Darwin' s scientific expertise, but because he seemed a suitable companion to help FitzRoy fight back the mental illness that had plagued his family for generations. Darwin did not give FitzRoy solace; indeed, the clash between the two men' s opposing views, together with the ramifications of Darwin' s revelations, provided FitzRoy with the final unendurable torment that forced him to end his own life.

Read More

Information

Publisher
HarperCollins
Year
2009
ISBN
9780061849893
Topic
Technology & Engineering
Subtopic
Technology Biographies

Table of contents