Darwin and His Great Discovery Author:L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp "Next to the Bible," said anthropologist Ashley Montagu of Charles Darwin's ORIGIN OF SPECIES, "no work has been quite as influential in every aspect of human thought." — In a skillful biography, the De Camps present the story of Darwin's life and the record of his scientific achievement against the background of the scientific and social history... more » of the time.
Included among the landmarks of Darwin's life are: the four-year expedition of the BEAGLE and the three major works in which the scientist described his findings; his revolutionary coral reef theory; his study of barnacles; and in later life, his pioneering work in ethology and animal psychology.
The De Camps' description of the slow unfolding of the theory that was to make Darwinism a household word is fascinating. Equally interesting is their review of the turbulent reaction against the ORIGIN on the part of many scientists, clergy, and laymen the world over, a reaction that culminated in the famous Scopes trial of 1925.
DARWIN AND HIS GREAT DISCOVERY is a dramatic and highly informative account of the life and work of a man who developed one of the most important scientific theories of all time: the evolution of man explained by natural selection.« less