Simply Darwin tells the story of Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882) and his theory of evolution through natural selection. On one level, the book portrays a dedicated scientist who, through careful observation and brilliant insight, became convinced that organisms were the end product of a long, slow, and natural process of development. On another level, it is an account of a cataclysmic change in our ideas about ourselves - a conceptual upheaval that continues to generate aftershocks - and heated debates - to this day.
In Simply Darwin, author Michael Ruse puts Darwin and his ideas in their proper context, clearly showing that, while the father of evolutionary biology was a true trailblazer, he was no rebel. He was simply following an evidentiary trail that led to an inevitable conclusion about the origin of species and natural selection. Eventually, as Darwin and his fellow scientists began to apply his ideas to humans, long-held notions about the nature and origins of religion, morality, race, sexuality, and much more, were called into question. Then, as now, some of us embraced these provocative ideas, while others reacted with horror and disbelief.
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Very interesting and informative look at Darwin
Didn't read the print version but listening to this was a great way to pass the time while working.
There was a lot in here about Darwin that I didn't know and much that I have forgotten. It was a nice look at his life and what was going on at the time.
It was interesting getting into his life and seeing things from a different perspective. There was a lot of great information here.
I actually enjoyed this book more than I expected and was happy I got the chance to listen to it. Not only was the book good but the narration was as well. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.