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Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.Deborah Heligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers.
©2008 Deborah Heiligman; (P)2008 Listening Library
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By Robert B. Golson on 02-15-09

I'm ape for this book!

Why this book is being hyped for teens and young adults is beyond me. I'm sixty and found it to be informative, interesting, and moving. The love story of Charles and Emma was amazing, considering the vast differences in their beliefs. There's just enough of the usual "Charles Darwin" history to keep one riveted. Something for the romantic and something for the scientist.....don't monkey around, you should naturally select this book!

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By Louise on 09-11-09

An enchanting book

I couldn't stop listening to this. The author did a wonderful job weaving together the story of Charles Darwin's personal and scientific life, and created a really vivid picture of Charles and Emma Darwin's relationship and family life. The book has also inspired me to read (well actually to listen to) Origin of Species.

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