martes, 5 de febrero de 2013

Darwin A Begginers Guide-Gill Hands

This book introduces Darwin's story by telling his early days. He was born in Shrewsbury, England on 12 february 1809. England was becoming into an industrial society. There was a big shadow fed by church and religious beliefs. Until the eight years he was educated by his mother, after that he went to Reverend Case's Unitarian day school. Some years later he would change to Shrewsbury School where his brother studied. He did not like Latin and Greek, mathematics and all about traditional education. 

In 1825 he went to Edimbutgh University in Scotland, located in a cosmpolitan zone was the perfect place for social life. Charles realised medicine was not his field. Actually he felt nervous and his skills were doubtfull. He left that city and made some trips. He involved with Fanny Owen, a woman who enjoyed the same hobbies men did. Greek was not one of his favorit languages but he had to learn it to become a Cambridge student. In Cambridge he knew an important man for his life (botany's teacher) John Steves Henslow.

Henslow was invited to join to a trip around the world oceans but he rejected because his wife has just gave birth. With a bit of disarppoval his father allowed him to go. Captain FitzRoy initially did not aprove him because he belived Darwin had a lack of energy but there was nothing to do, the job had been offerede to Charles. This trip was along Salvador, Rio de Janerio, Montevideo, Falkland Is, Valparaiso, Calama, Galapagos, Sydney, Hobart, King George's sound, Mauritius, Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension Is.

When he returned to England (1836) he spent a time with his family. Some years later he started to write about the transmutations observed on his trip. In 1844 he wrote about his ideas. Until 1859 he published the Origin of Species partly inspired by the support a paper of Alfred Russel Wallace wrote about evolution. There was a lot of pressure over his whoulders because society still believed strongly in creationims. 

After many scientific and religious battles in1860 most of scientist accepted the theory of evolution. Darwin continued writing about his researchs some of them about human's ancester. Some of his works contributed to formation of social phenomenons like natural selection applied to society.Also, some of them had a racist background. In spite of that, many of his ideas became cult in science.

1 comentario:

Elena P.G. dijo...

Both, his life and his works are full of interesting aspects everybody must know about.