[ The Descent Of Man : ]

The Descent Of Man
Charles Darwin went on an expedition at the age of twenty-two, on 27th December 1832, which according to him had changed his whole career. This voyage of five years had totally transformed from an aimless young into a scientific celebrity.

The book Voyage of Beagle tells about his journey around the whole world especially the coastal waters of South America. He was appointed as a natural scientist at HMS Beagle. While in the voyage he visited many countries and collected many specimens, this was the beginning of formulation of his path-breaking theories of evolution and natural selection.

When HMS Beagle set out for the voyage, the twenty-two years young man was setting his steps to be a scientist, he was a very patient observer of geology, history of nature, he closely studied the people and placed he visited during this five years of his voyage.

One can find the mention of coral reefs of Australia, volcano of Galapagos and Patagonian gossamer spider, the elaborate study of the specimens that he collected during the course of his travel to the theory of evolution, which was then published into a most controversial book of Victorian age and is still a book of importance to every biologist: “the Origin of Species”.

The voyage of Beagle is the reprint of his journal in shortened form. Janet Brown and Michael Neve wrote the introduction to the book and summarised Darwin’s work and thoughts. This book also contains the route map, appendices, notes, an essay on scientific geology and the Bible by Robert FitzRoy. Robert was Darwin’s friend whom he meets during the voyage, he was also the captain of Beagle. It was Mr. Fitzroy’s desire to have someone on the ship with scientific interest who can explore the different species of the counties that they will be visiting during the voyage.

The book is not only meant for scientific readers but the general readers can also enjoy reading it. The book also contains sketches of his observation of natural history and Geology. Although the zoologist can also refer this book for studies on Fossil Mammalia by professor Owen and Living Mammalia by Professor Waterhouse and Birds by Mr. Gould.

The readers of this book have told, the book has changed about the perspective of understanding of life. The readers can correlate with the things he wanted to describe in the book that he came across during the voyage. This book is a window to understand the natural history of that time.visit site to learn more



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