Darwin Portrait of a Genius Author:Paul Johnson A “riveting? (The Wall Street Journal) biography of one of the most influential and controversial scientists in Western history — Acclaimed historian and biographer Paul Johnson turns his keen eye on Charles Darwin, the towering figure whose work continues to spur scientific debate. — With his publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin foreve... more »r changed our concept of the world. While Johnson praises Darwin?s extraordinary skills as a natural scientist and his monumental achievements, he does not sidestep Darwin?s tragic failures as an anthropologist. Johnson argues that by applying his theory of natural selection to humans, Darwin provided a platform for the burgeoning eugenics movement. Lay readers and academics alike will enjoy this concise and unflinching exploration of Charles Darwin, a genius whose discoveries—even the flawed ones—add significant dimension to our understanding of his mind, the era in which he lived, and his everlasting impact on our world.« less
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