By (author) Peter Nichols
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Evolutions Captain by Peter Nichols
Book DescriptionThis is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today. That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22-year-old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle .This is the remarkable story of how a misguided decision by Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle, precipitated his employment of a young naturalist named Charles Darwin, and how the clash between FitzRoy s fundamentalist views and Darwin s discoveries led to FitzRoy s descent into the abyss.One of the great ironies of history is that the famous journey wherein Charles Darwin consolidated the earth-rattling origin of the species discoveries was conceived by another man: Robert FitzRoy. It was FitzRoy who chose Darwin for the journey not because of Darwin s scientific expertise, but because he seemed a suitable companion to help FitzRoy fight back the mental illness that had plagued his family for generations. Darwin did not give FitzRoy solace; indeed, the clash between the two men s opposing views, together with the ramifications of Darwin s revelations, provided FitzRoy with the final unendurable torment that forced him to end his own life."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780060088781
(203mm x 133mm x 25mm)
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Peter Nichols
Voyage for Madmen, Paperback (May 2011)
In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even know how to sail. This is a true story of the inaugural 1968 Golden Globe sailing race: the first single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the world.
Oil and Ice, Paperback / softback (September 2010)
In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil.
Sea Change, Paperback (March 2010)» View all books by Peter Nichols
Many people go down to the sea in ships, but few write as movingly of the experience as Peter Nichols does in this memoir of a single-handed transatlantic passage that becomes a classic tale of survival.
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