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By Darwin, Charles; Darwin, Charles; Hodge, Michael Jonathan Sessions; Radick, Gregory; Darwin, Charles (eds)

The naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809-82) ranks as essentially the most influential clinical thinkers of all time. within the 19th century his principles in regards to the historical past and variety of existence - together with the evolutionary foundation of humankind - contributed to significant alterations within the sciences, philosophy, social concept and spiritual trust. The Cambridge better half to Darwin has proven itself as an vital source for an individual instructing or studying Darwin's theories and their old and philosophical interpretations. Its extraordinary staff of individuals examines Darwin's major clinical rules and their improvement; Darwin's technological know-how within the context of its instances; the impression of Darwinian suggestion in fresh philosophical, social and spiritual debate; and the significance of Darwinian notion for the way forward for naturalist philosophy. For this moment version, insurance has been increased to incorporate new chapters: on Darwin, Hume and human nature, and on Darwin's theories within the highbrow long term, from the pre-Socratics to the current

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46 These emotive responses to the natural world did not shape Darwin’s scientific research in a straightforward way. Rather, they reveal the general, holistic tenor of Darwin’s reflections in this period, and so throw light on why it is we cannot draw sharp distinctions between ‘geography’, ‘geology’, ‘zoology’ and ‘botany’ in characterising Darwin’s work at this time. Attention to the Humboldtian, integrative dimensions of Darwin’s thought likewise makes sense of Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 38 phillip r.

Viii ‘my head is quite confused with so much delight’53 Following short stops at New Zealand, Australia, the Keeling (now Cocos) Islands, Mauritius, the Cape of Good Hope (where Darwin conversed with Herschel himself), the central Atlantic Islands, Bahia (again), Brazil and the Azores, the Beagle reached Falmouth on Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 40 phillip r. sloan 2 October 1836. The England he found on disembarking had changed much in his five years of absence.

Together, Charles and Erasmus created their own makeshift chemistry laboratory at Shrewsbury, in which they carried out an array of chemical experiments during school holidays, replicating those enacted in Cumming’s lectures. Nearly all of the very earliest surviving letters to Charles are instructions sent from Cambridge by Erasmus, detailing glassware and chemicals to be purchased in preparation for their joint chemical enquiries. ii studies in edinburgh Following his own graduation from Shrewsbury School, in autumn 1825, at the age of sixteen, Charles travelled with Erasmus to Edinburgh to begin the study of medicine at Edinburgh University medical school.

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