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Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary

Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary

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  • Date Published: May 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003179

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  • On 27th December 1831, HMS Beagle set out from Plymouth under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that lasted nearly 5 years. The purpose of the trip was to complete a survey of the southern coasts of South America, and afterwards to circumnavigate the globe. The ship's geologist and naturalist was Charles Darwin. Darwin kept a diary throughout the voyage in which he recorded his daily activities, not only on board the ship but also during the several long journeys that he made on horseback in Patagonia and Chile. His entries tell the story of one of the most important scientific journeys ever made with matchless immediacy and vivid descriptiveness.

    • A fascinating record of one of the most famous journeys ever made
    • Contains many explanatory footnotes to aid the reader
    • Supported by illustrations of a selection of the places that Darwin visited
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    From the reviews: '… a record of his immediate feelings, the sea-sickness, the triumphs of his palaeontological finds, close shaves with General Rosas and military activity in Patagonia, drinking maté and smoking cigarilloes with the Gaucho, the stars glittering over the Andes … vivid and expressive…' Janet Browne

    'Besides being an intriguing read, this book is a source of information that is invaluable to any student whose interest strays into the Darwin saga.' Open History

    'What emerges more strongly are the vicissitudes of long distance travel in the 1830s … and a flavour of Darwin's own personality … the book is highly recommended.' Paul Ashtron, Biologist

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    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003179
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction
    Acknowledgements
    Note on editorial policy
    Principal sources of references
    The Beagle Diary 1831–1836
    Biographical register
    Index.

  • Author

    Charles Darwin

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    R. D. Keynes
    Richard Darwin Keynes is Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the University of Cambridge, and fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. In parallel with research and teaching on physiology and biophysics, he has a long-standing interest in the voyage of the Beagle, and has also edited The Beagle Record (1979) and Charles Darwin's Zoology Notes and Specimen Lists from the H. M. S. Beagle (2000).

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