Darwin's Struggle

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Darwin's Struggle
BBC Knowledge  |  December 6, 2009

In 1859, Charles Darwin published his world-changing book, The Origin of Species. Now, to coincide with its 150th anniversary, comes this dramatic exploration of Darwin's life at the time when he developed his theory. Written in buttoned-up Victorian England by an anxious, meticulous man, The Origin of Species is a world-changing book and an epic theory - and it's no easy read. But its style utterly belies the writer. His personal letters, diaries and notes reveal a completely different Darwin - an unexpectedly friendly, funny and candid communicator, full of very human weaknesses, excited and downcast by turns.

In 1859, Charles Darwin published his world-changing book, The Origin of Species. Now, to coincide with its 150th anniversary, comes this dramatic exploration of Darwin's life at the time when he developed his theory. Written in buttoned-up Victorian England by an anxious, meticulous man, The Origin of Species is a world-changing book and an epic theory - and it's no easy read. But its style utterly belies the writer. His personal letters, diaries and notes reveal a completely different Darwin - an unexpectedly friendly, funny and candid communicator, full of very human weaknesses, excited and downcast by turns.

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