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Author Wesson, R. L. (Robert L.), author.

Title Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest to find a theory of the earth / Rob Wesson.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Pegasus Books Ltd., [2017]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    910.41 WES    DUE 04-01-19
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  910.41 WES    DUE 11-03-17 Billed
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    910.41 WES    Available
Edition First Pegasus Books edition.
Description xxi, 457 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "April 2017"--Title page verso.
Map on end papers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-439) and index.
Contents Prologue : a peculiar obsession -- Part One. Darwin in the field. The lieutenant and the beetle collector -- Field trip with a master : the state of geology -- Setting out : the adventures begin -- The first years of the voyage -- Patagonia : the great workshop of nature -- Maria Graham and the debate on the causes of elevation -- Darwin's earthquake -- The Andes arising -- Coral reefs and the sinking bottom of the sea -- Part Two. Darwin theorizing. Faith comforts, facts persuade -- The theory comes together -- Extending the theory : the parallel roads of Glen Roy -- Part Three. Back on Darwin's trail. From uplift to evolution -- From natural selection to plate tectonics -- In the Beagle's wake -- The Chilean earthquake of 2010 -- Now you see them, now you don't -- Reflections : what does it all mean?
Summary Everybody knows--or thinks they know--Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people do not know is that Darwin was on board the HMS Beagle as a geologist--on a mission to examine the land, not flora and fauna. Retracing Darwin's footsteps in South America and beyond, geologist Rob Wesson treks across the Andes, cruises waters charted by the Beagle, hunts for fossils in Uruguay and Argentina, and explores sites of long vanished glaciers in Scotland and Wales. As he follows Darwin's path--literally and intellectually--Wesson experiences the land as Darwin did, engages with his observations, and tackles the same questions Darwin had about our ever-changing Earth. Upon his return from his five-year journey aboard the Beagle, after examining the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and more, Darwin conceived his theory of subsidence and uplift--his first theory. These concepts and attitudes--the vastness of time; the enormous cumulative impact of almost imperceptibly slow change; change as a constant feature of the environment--underlie Darwin's subsequent discoveries in evolution. And this peculiar way of thinking remains vitally important today as we enter the human-dominated Anthropocene age. Expertly interweaving science and adventure, Darwin's First Theory is a riveting and revelatory journey around the world with one of the greatest scientific minds in history.
Subject Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Travel.
Wesson, R. L. (Robert L.) -- Travel.
Voyages around the world.
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Knowledge -- Geology.
Subsidences (Earth movements)
Geodynamics -- History.
Geology -- History -- 19th century.
Historical geology.
Earth (Planet) -- History.
Genre/Form Travel writing.
ISBN 9781681773162 : $29.95

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