Inviting in its lavish detail, this is Darwin's fascinating account of his five-year journey aboard the Royal Navy ship HMS Beagle (1831-1836) as it surveyed the coasts of South America, New Zealand, Australia, and the now famous Galapagos Archipelago. One of the most important voyages of the 19th century, this is where Darwin made the observations that led to his theory of evolution by means of natural selection, which emerged two decades later. The Voyage of the Beagle (1840-43) has delighted and enlightened millions because of Darwin's loving and insightful observations of the plants, animals, people, and locations he explored. These journals provide striking examples of the great scientist's reasoning ability and intriguing glimpses into his thought processes. They are the precursor to The Descent of Man (1871, 1874), a controversial leap in evolutionary theory from nature to humanity.
About the Author
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and author best-known for his revolutionary theories on the origin of species, human evolution, and natural selection. A life-long interest in the natural world led Darwin to neglect his medical studies and instead embark on a five-year scientific voyage on the HMS Beagle, where he established his reputation as a geologist and gathered much of the evidence that fuelled his later theories.A prolific writer, Darwin s most famous published works include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. Darwin died in 1882, and in recognition of his contributions to science, is buried in Westminster Abbey along with John Herschel and Isaac Newton.
Dr. H. James Birx is professor of anthropology at Canisius College, distinguished research scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo, and distinguished visiting professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade. He has been an invited scholar at the University of Cambridge and twice at Harvard University. His publications include authoring the award-winning "Theories of Evolution" and editing the award-winning" Encyclopedia of Anthropology, "as well as 400 published reviews, articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries.Dr. Birx has given invited presentations at prestigious universities and academic institutes from Australia, New Zealand and Mexico to Egypt, Germany and Russia. He has done research at the Galapagos Islands and Koobi Fora in Kenya, Africa (among many other sites). His interests include topics in evolutionary biology and process philosophy. Dr. Birx is presently teaching biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, anthropology and evolution, and theories in anthropology. He has contributed six new ideas to philosophical anthropology: dynamic integrity, will to evolve, emerging teleology, Homo futurensis, exoevolution, and cosmic over beings.Dr. Birx's cultural interests include movies, music (especially opera), reading novels and global traveling. This year, he has contributed essays to these two forthcoming books: "Wagner & Nietzsche" (Cambridge University Press) and "Humanism, Transhumanism, & Posthumanism" (Peter Lang Verlag).