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Darwin Slept Here

Darwin Slept Here
A Journey Deep into South America in the Footsteps of Charles Darwin
Eric Simons
Price: £
8.99
  • eBook
Published: 
28 Jan 2011
ISBN: 
9780715642726
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
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One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed ‘southernmost city in the world’, at the end of a long trip designed to put as much distance between himself and a frustrating job as possible, writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and found himself engrossed in Darwin’s account.

Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-twenties when he travelled to the continent, having joined a five-year expedition to survey and map the coastline of South America, as the expedition’s naturalist. Simons found himself compelled to follow Darwin further into South America – to stand where Darwin had stood, and to explore the landscapes, legends and people that had fascinated Darwin two centuries before. Simons trekked to as many of the locations in Darwin's journals as he could find, trying to see these places through Darwin’s eyes, and to discover what South Americans know about Darwin.

Part travelogue, part insight into one of the greatest scientific minds in history, Darwin Slept Here will fascinate and enthral.

Reviews

'Darwin as only another young naturalist could see him... nothing less than exhilarating' Michael Pollan

‘This is an enthusiastic and entertaining travelogue that makes clear the importance of place in the development of Darwin’s theory of evolution’ Good Book Guide 

Eric Simons

About Eric Simons

Eric Simons is a 2008 graduate of the environmental and science writing program at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been published in such places as the LA Times and Sierra magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, a programmer and communications designer.

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Darwin Slept Here

Darwin Slept Here
Eric Simons
Price: £
8.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
28 Jan 2011
ISBN: 
9780715640685
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
Available from:

One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed ‘southernmost city in the world’, at the end of a long trip designed to put as much distance between himself and a frustrating job as possible, writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and found himself engrossed in Darwin’s account.

Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-twenties when he travelled to the continent, having joined a five-year expedition to survey and map the coastline of South America, as the expedition’s naturalist. Simons found himself compelled to follow Darwin further into South America – to stand where Darwin had stood, and to explore the landscapes, legends and people that had fascinated Darwin two centuries before. Simons trekked to as many of the locations in Darwin's journals as he could find, trying to see these places through Darwin’s eyes, and to discover what South Americans know about Darwin.

Part travelogue, part insight into one of the greatest scientific minds in history, Darwin Slept Here will fascinate and enthral.

Reviews

'Darwin as only another young naturalist could see him... nothing less than exhilarating' Michael Pollan

‘This is an enthusiastic and entertaining travelogue that makes clear the importance of place in the development of Darwin’s theory of evolution’ Good Book Guide 

Eric Simons

About Eric Simons

Eric Simons is a 2008 graduate of the environmental and science writing program at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been published in such places as the LA Times and Sierra magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, a programmer and communications designer.

Titles by Eric Simons
Other titles by Eric Simons