Evolution in the Antipodes: Charles Darwin and Australia

Thomas Frame

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Charles Darwin (1809-82) is the most significant natural scientist in history. His work changed the way human beings saw themselves and the world they inhabited. Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has provided an impetus for teaching and research in biology and geology and created enduring controversies in disciplines as diverse as psychology and theology. Published to coincide with Darwin's 200th birthday (12 February 1809), Tom Frame examines Darwin's influence on Australian thinking. He provides useful contextual material on Darwin's life and times, including his 1836 visit to Australia in HMS Beagle; the background to historic disputes and contemporary debates about Darwin's motivations and methods; his scientific conclusions and their social consequences; and, outlines the various ways in which Darwin's work continues to shape Australian public policy and private behaviour. Evolution in the Antipodes will interest students of Australian history and specialist readers in the fields of maritime affairs, natural science and theistic religion.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUNSW Press
Number of pages307
ISBN (Electronic)9781921410765
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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