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Evolution's Captain

The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World

Nichols, Peter, 1950-

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Evolution's Captain is the story of a visionary but now forgotten English naval officer but for whom the "Darwinian Revolution" would never have occurred. When Captain Robert FitzRoy, the twenty-six-year-old captain of the H.M.S. "Beagle, set out for Tierra del Fuego in the fall of 1831, he invited a young naturalist to accompany him. That twenty-two-year-old gentleman was Charles Darwin, and perhaps no single voyage in history had a greater impact on how we would come to understand the world -- in both religious and scientific terms. When the "Beagle's first captain committed suicide while at sea in 1828, he was replaced by a young naval officer of a new mold. Robert FitzRoy was the most brilliant and scientific sea captain of his age. He used the "Beagle, a survey vessel, as a laboratory for the new field of the natural sciences. But his plan to bring four "savages" home to England to civilize them as Christian gentlefolk backfired when scandal loomed over their sexual misbehavior at theWalthamstow Infants School. FitzRoy needed to get them out of England fast, and thus was born the second and most famous voyage of the "Beagle. FitzRoy feared the loneliness of another long voyage -- with madness in his own family, he was haunted by the fate of the "Beagle's previous captain -- so for company he took with him the young amateur naturalist Charles Darwin. Like FitzRoy, Darwin believed, at the beginning of the voyage, in the absolute word of the Bible and
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 006008877X
Branch Call Number: F2936 .N53 2003
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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