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Darwin's Armada

Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution

Iain McCalman (Author, University of Sydney)

 

"Sparkling . . . an extraordinary true-adventure story, complete with trials, tribulations and moments of exultation."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Award-winning cultural historian Iain McCalman tells the stories of Charles Darwin and his staunchest supporters: Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace. Beginning with the somber morning of April 26, 1882—the day of Darwin's funeral—Darwin's Armada steps back and recounts the lives and scientific discoveries of each of these explorers, who campaigned passionately in the war of ideas over evolution and advanced the scope of Darwin's work.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33877-5
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 423 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“McCalman evokes the physical hardships and social intricacies navigated by his heroes . . . and also the feel of an era when 'adventure and science went hand in hand.'” — The New Yorker

“[McCalman's] narratives are as much bildungsroman as scientific analysis, showing how the four voyagers were steeled and transformed by the demands of the sea and the wondrous unfamiliarity of life on distant shores.” — The New York Times Book Review

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