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The Voyage of the Beagle Epub î Download ↠ Naturaltreatment ¼ The Voyage of the Beagle is a title commonly given to the book written by Darwin published in 1839 as his Journal Remarks bringing him fame The title refers to the 2nd survey expedition of the HMS Beagle which set sail from Plymouth Sound on 122The Voyage of the Beagle is a title commonly given to the book written by Darwin published in 1839 as his Journal Remarks bringing him fame The title refers to the 2nd survey expedition of the HMS Beagle which set sail from Plymouth Sound on 12271831 under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy RN While the expedition was originally planned to last two years it lasted almost five To listen to this book review as a podcast click below book is really a rare treasure Is there anything comparable Here we have the very man whose ideas have revolutionized completely our understanding of life writing with charm about the very voyage which sparked and shaped his thinking on the subject And even if this book wasn’t a window into the mind of one of history’s most influential thinkers it would still be entertaining on its own merits Indeed the public at the time thought so making Darwin into a bestselling author I can hardly imagine how fascinating it would have been for a nineteenth century Englishman to read about the strange men and beasts in different parts of the world Today the world is so flat that almost nothing can surprise But what this book has lost in exotic charm it makes up for in historical interest; for now it is a fascinating glimpse into the world 150 years ago Through Darwin’s narrative we both look out at the world as it was and into the mind of a charming man And Darwin was charming How strange it is that one of today’s most vicious debates—creationism vs evolution religion vs science—was ignited by somebody as mild mannered and likable as Mr Darwin His most outstanding characteristic is his curiosity; everything Darwin sees he wants to learn about “In England any person fond of natural history enjoys in his walks a great advantage by always having something to attract his attention; but in these fertile climates teeming with life the attractions are so numerous that he is scarcely able to walk at all”As a result the range of topics touched upon in this volume is extraordinary botany entomology geology anthropology paleontology—the list goes on Darwin collects and dissects every creature he can get his hands on; he examines fish birds mammals insects spiders Admittedly the descriptions of anatomy and geological strata were often so detailed as to be tedious; Darwin though brilliant could be very dry In the course of these descriptions Darwin also indulged in uite a bit of speculation offering an interesting glimpse into both his thought process and the state of science at that time I wonder if any edition includes follow ups of these conjectures; it would’ve been interesting to see how they panned out In retrospect it is almost unsurprising that Darwin came up with his theory of evolution for he encounters many things that are perplexing and inexplicable without it Darwin finds fossils of extinct megafauna and wonders how animals so large could have perished completely He famously sees examples of one body plan being adapted—like a theme and variations—in the finches of the Galapagos Islands He also notes that the fauna and flora on those islands are related to though uite different from that in mainland South America If life there was created separately why wouldn’t it be completely different And if it was indeed descended from the animals on the mainland what made it changeDarwin also sees abundant examples of convergent evolution—two distinct evolutionary lines producing similar results in similar circumstances—in Australia A little time before this I had been lying on a sunny bank and was reflecting on the strange character of the animals in this country as compared with the rest of the world An unbeliever in everything but his own reason might exclaim ‘Two distinct Creators must have been at work; their object however has been the same certainly the end in each case is complete’ More surprisingly Darwin finds that animals in isolated uninhabited islands tend to have no fear of humans And strangely enough an individual animal from these islands can’t even be taught to fear humans Why Darwin asks does an individual bird in Europe fear humans even though it's never been harmed by one And why can’t you train an individual bird from an isolated island to fear humans My favorite anecdote is of Darwin repeatedly throwing a turtle into the water and having it return to him again and again—because as Darwin notes its natural predators are ocean bound and it has adapted to see the land as a place of safety Darwin also manages to walk right up to an unwary fox and kill it with his geological hammer You can see how all of these experiences so odd without a theory of evolution become clear as day when Darwin’s ideas are embraced Indeed many are still textbook examples of the implications of his theories This book would have been extraordinary just for the light it sheds on Darwin’s early experiences in biology but it contains many entertaining anecdotes as well It is almost a Bildungsroman we see the young Darwin a respectable Englishman astounded and amazed by the wide world He encounters odd creatures meets strange men and travels through bizarre landscapes And like all good coming of age stories he often makes a fool of himselfThe main difficulty in using either a lazo or bolas is to ride so well as to be able at full speed and while suddenly turning about to whirl them so steadily about the head as to take aim on foot any person would soon learn the art One day as I was amusing myself by galloping and whirling the balls round my head by accident the free one struck a bush; and its revolving motion being thus destroyed it immediately fell to the ground and like magic caught one hind leg of my horse; the other ball was then jerked out of my hand and the horse fairly secured Luckily he was an old practiced animal and knew what it meant; otherwise he would probably have kicked till he had thrown himself down The Gauchos roared with laughter; they cried they had seen every sort of animal caught but had never before seen a man caught by himselfAt this point I’m tempted to get carried away and include all of the many uotes that I liked Darwin writes movingly about the horrors of slavery he includes some vivid description of “savages” and even tells some funny stories But I’ll leave these uotes to be discovered by the curious reader who in his passage through the pages of this book will indulge in a voyage far comfortable than and perhaps half as fascinating as Darwin’s own At the very least the fortunate reader need not fear exotic diseases Darwin suffered from ill health the rest of his days or heed Darwin's warning to the potential traveler at sea “If a person suffer much from sea sickness let him weigh it heavily in the balance I speak from experience it is no trifling evil which may be cured in a week

Epub Í The Voyage of the Beagle ï Charles Darwin

The Beagle didn't return until 1021836 Darwin spent most of this time exploring on land 3 years 3 months on land; 18 months at sea The book is a vivid travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology geology anthropology that demonstrates his powers of observation written at a time when Western Europeans were exploring charting the world Altho he re This book is Charles Darwin's journal of his 5 year voyage on the HMS BeagleThis journey marked the second of Captain Fitzroy and the Beagle but the first for 22 year old Charles Darwin who had decided to become a naturalist like Alexander von HumboldtDarwin had stopped studying medicine and refused to become a priest so the persuasion of an uncle was necessary for Charles' father to allow and fund the journey in the first place But he didThey went from England to Tenerife Cape Verde Bahia Rio de Janeiro Montevideo the Falkland Islands Valparaiso Lima the Galápagos Islands before leaving South America to sail on to New Zealand Sidney Hobart Tasmania and King George's Sound in Australia Cocos Island Mauritius Cape Town then back to Bahia Cape Verde and the Azores before returning to EnglandThus they were on uite a tight schedule which explains why Darwin's time on the Galápagos was cut short an important detail because he made his most profound discoveries there that later resulted in his most famous work and if he had had time maybe he would have remembered to label those finches andor keep at least one tortoise for his studies but of that in my review for The Origin of SpeciesWhile the Beagle was a relatively small ship Darwin nevertheless filled her to the brim with specimen some sailors getting enthused and helping him much to the dismay of a few othersHe always kept a meticulous journal that served as a diary as much as a study book where he jutted down all his observations Thus we can not only see while reading this book now what he discovered but also what his thought process was like We read of him being severely seasick at first his fascination with nature we find out that he was anti slavery sadly not for the same pure reasons Humboldt had what he thought of certain people he was with or encountered along the way We also see the influence of his paternal grandfather Erasmus Darwin who had laid a few of the foundations of Darwin's theories just like Humboldt had A note on Darwin's view of indiginous people Certainly some thoughts he wrote down are cringeworthy from today's perspective and were especially disappointing after initially learning that he was anti slavery However for a man of his day and age not counting the unapologetic anomaly that was Humboldt he was very progressiveWhat I loved above all else was that we get to revel in Darwin's beautiful writing style that brings to life the sea jungles and various animals and plants He had a way of transporting the reader to the places he had been to and I felt as if I was making the journey with him while reading thisThis vivid writing style that made this journal appear almost like a novel really surprised and delighted me as I had not expected it In fact I got so swept up in the narrative that I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat whenever Darwin's musings showed him getting close to the scientific truth but not uite despite me knowing that it would take him a little longer yetA fantastic feat and I love that my edition shows sketches by Darwin himself as well as paintings of landscapes he's been to or animals now extinct that he encountered However for all those wanting the highlights of the journey I can also recommend the audio version narrated by Dawkins which I listened to simultaneously I know ME endorsing an abridged version the scandal ;

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The Voyage of the BeagleVisited some areas during the expedition for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to places locations rather than by date His notes made during the voyage include comments illustrating his changing views at a time when he was developing his theory of evolution by natural selection ^ includes some suggestions of his ideas particularly in the 2nd edition of 18 What I wrote in my LJ while I was reading itSo I've started reading The Voyage of the Beagle I've only read a chapter or so so far but it's very enjoyable I just kind of wish I'd paid attention to my geology classes in school It's a lot relaxed and not nearly as self conscious and defensive as TOoS was It's all along the lines of Hi all We arrived on Random Island today The trees are pretty but the people didn't even give us coffee Can you believe it Anyhoo I found a rock that turned out to be bird shit and a octopus spat in my face today Yay It was the happiest moment of my life More tomorrow ByeeeeVery adorable He also keeps hitting things with his geological hammer I'm still reading the VotB as well which really is a bit of an adventure novel not in the least because it really reads like a diary and because Darwin seems to have a healthy sense of humour about himself Every other page he seems to make a fool of himself in some way or another Also he seems surprisingly humble and insecure in his naturalistic findings He records and very tentatively makes links but at this point most of the big work seems to be done by the people he sent his samples back to He also really seems to fanboy Humboldt to be a staunch abolitionist and I am sure he really pissed FitzRoy off when he carried eight or nine dinosaur skeletons on boardAlso another Darwin uote that I just read in the bath The captain at last said he had one uestion to ask me which he should be very much obliged if I would answer with all truth I trembled to think how deeply scientific it would be it was Whether the ladies of Buenos Ayres were not the handsomest in the world I replied like a renegade Charmingly so He added I have one other uestion Do ladies in any other part of the world wear such large combs I solemnly assured him that they did not They were absolutely delighted The captain exclaimed Look there a man who has seen half the world says it is the case; we always thought so but now we know it My excellent judgment in combs and beauty procured me a most hospitable reception; the captain forced me to take his bed and he would sleep on his recadoThis book is too fricking amusingYet Darwin because I might as well keep you updated now We're in Patagonia and have just gone on an upriver hikeboatride to the Cordilleras I've found out I read these books much like I read naval passages in Patrick O'Brian It's not like I skip anything and I get the main gist and it makes sense while I'm reading but I don't actually retain it all by a long long long shot Impressions stay and I learn some new things if only through repetition but a lot of it I lose again almost immediately Darwin keeps referencing Jack Byron's accounts now and I feel so very guilty for not remembering a lot of these things So yes aside from a series of clear impressions and a few remembered names for each region there is disturbingly little I remember Humboldt would have bitchslapped me long agoAt least I have the consolation that Darwin apparently always carried a few books with him to identify species with That eases the sting a bitAlso points to you Wordsworth Editions for not translating the French passages In any case out of all the period accounts by naturalists that I've read so far this is by far the most fun the most entertaining and the most readable I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to play around with this natural science business not in the least because Darwin shows so much of himself Humboldt much as I love him only occasionally mentioned Bonpland and only very rarely himself Darwin stays in the tradition of; well I'm tempted to say Stephen Maturin's journal No romantic woes or anything but scientific observations coupled with observations on the people he travels with coupled with God I'm so cold and wet and miserable and I just want to be shot of this place It's nice Also animals are cute in this From condors to spiders to foxes to armadillos You get the feeling that if he'd known it he would definitely have chosen Boom de Yadda as his personal theme song Ch 11 and 12 on the next leg of the journey with Darwin leaving Patagonia and heading for ChileAll I still want to remark upon on the Patagonian side where he went on a very wide tangent on the heights of snow lines and the descent of glaciers and his usual geological geekery and sort of lost me though he did warn the reader they could skip this bit if they weren't interested which is very civil in him that apparently he's read all of the different accounts related to the loss of the Wager as well Hee He references Byron Bulkeley and Cummins and Anson Be still my sueeful heartNow we're in Valparaiso where sings the sky is blue and all the leaves are green The sun's as hot as a baked potato And he probably feels like it's a shpadoinkel dayAnd of course fandoms cross again when he visits Cochrane's old hacienda of uinteroAlso this phrase just made me chortle a relation of the great author Finis who wrote all booksOh Charlie you dork ^^Today in the life of DarwinOr rather January 1835 in the life of DarwinOr precisely stuff what I just read in the bathHokay so we're still running around Chile visiting people clambering through forests and clocking animals with geological hammers in the time honoured tradition of naturalists everywhereWhen DISASTER Earthuakes Volcanoes erupting Mayhem Destruction Death And Darwin somehow has the gall to say thisFrom this circumstance Concepcion although not so completely desolated was a terrible and if I may so call it picturesue sightPicturesue Picturesue No Darwin you may not call it that IdiotaAnyway this sets him off Geology is his baby and there's now pages upon pages of gleeful rambling about fault lines and tectonic plates and the effect of time and islands raised and drowned etc etcNow there's two chapters ahead of me in Cochrane country Valparaiso and then heigh ho off to the Galapagos to clock some finches turtles and auatic land animalsGalapagos Chapter everybody knows thisDarwin He's mopy and grumpy and really not liking Waimate or anything about the south island of New Zealand at all though most of New Zealand is getting shot down for being a bunch of war crazy ugly uncivilized filthy barbarians with ugly tattoos He's not getting much work done and people keep randomly shooting at other people and he's in a funk A deep funk Stupid island Stupid tattoos Stupid orcs This in GREAT contrast to Tahiti which to him for just the little time he was there was heaven on earth Everybody was friendly and smiling there was food everywhere that tasted divine the people were so much better looking than Westerners and oh he just adored the tattoos I mean he really really liked those Tahitian tattoos Did he mention loving the tattoos yet And how handsome people are It must be the tattoos He's not ready to say much in favour for against the missionaries there since he says he's read conflicting accounts by people who have been there for far far longer than he has and therefore should know a lot better but I think Darwin has left a tiny little piece of his heart thereHokay I just had a bit of a longer reading session just now and finished the Voyage of the Beagle By now I've sort of gotten used to reporting the good bits back to LJ here so you try to keep them in your mind as you read onI was going to mention how some people at Waimate have partially redeemed New Zealand in his eyes how very very mixed his impression of Australia was I was going to go over his thoughts on atolls and barrier reefs strangely uninteresting for someone who has grown up on the National Geographic channel and takes all these things for granted his descriptions of Keeling Island Mauritius and AscensionBut then oh then he went home And that last chapter is so beautiful people you have no idea It's personal emotional and wonderful and just for the joy of reading this one chapter alone I would than recommend this book He talks with immense and very real regret about his inability to put into words all that he has seen he launches into the most spirited rages and rants against the injustices of slavery he remembers fondly the scenes he thought the most beautiful the scenes he thought the most horrific and the scenes he knew would be the most memorable in the end He talks about the people he has met with such warmth of feeling and at the very end he addresses any young budding naturalists who might be readingI feel like it would be a great shame not to pass this on But I have too deeply enjoyed the voyage not to recommend any naturalist although he must not expect to be so fortunate in his companions as I have been to take all chances and to start on travels by land if possible if otherwise on a long voyage He may feel assured he will meet with no difficulties or dangers excepting in rare cases nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates In a moral point of view the effect ought to be to teach him good humoured patience freedom from selfishness the habit of acting for himself and of making the best of every occurrence In short he ought to partake of the characteristic ualities of most sailors Travelling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover how many truly kind hearted people there are with whom he never before had or ever again will have any further communication who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistanceCharles Darwin I love you