Charles Darwin: A New Life

Charles Darwin: A New Life

Charles Darwin A New Life A vivid engrossing account of Darwin s inner life his search for the laws of life We feel the durable texture of his friendships family attachments we witness the slow painful genesis of ideas that

  • Title: Charles Darwin: A New Life
  • Author: John Bowlby
  • ISBN: 9780393309300
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • A vivid engrossing account of Darwin s inner life his search for the laws of life We feel the durable texture of his friendships family attachments, we witness the slow, painful genesis of ideas that are still transforming the world Geoffrey Cowley, NY Times Book Review

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    This biography arose out of what was originally intended as a much shorter discussion of the causes of Darwin's chronic ill-health (stomach pains, vomiting) by an author trained in psychology. The thesis is that Darwin did not have any kind of "organic" illness but instead suffered from chronic hyperventilation due to anxiety. Bowlby attributes this anxiety in turn to repressed grieving for the death of Darwin's mother when he was 8 years old and a "difficult" relationship with his father until [...]

    Bowlby's biography is not a work that I would recommend to anyone who hasn't read several biographies of Darwin: Janet Browne or Desmond/Moore for example. My sense is that one has to be rather well acquinted with Darwin - and come to care about the man - in order to digest a psychologist's analysis of Darwin's ill health or to care very much about cause and effect at all. I know that was my response, when I bought the book when it was first published. I simply couldn't read beyond the first twe [...]

    Having a great interest in the Christian Religion, no other scientist, with the exception of Einstein has had such a profound impact on it's theology. I was curious about the man behind the theory and found his story most interesting. He was a man who overcame not only the criticisms his theory generated, he also was victimized by an inexplicable series of health issues that plagued him for thirty years throughout his life. He also was plagued by an inferiority complex caused in part, by his fat [...]

    John Bowlby's purpose in writing a book about Charles Darwin was to give a studied opinion that speaks to the controversy over whether Darwin's chronic ill-health was of an organic or emotional cause. Bowlby, a psychiatrist based in London, is the originator of Attachment Theory and was keenly interested in the psychological effects of bereavement on children. Bowlby details Darwin's family background, heritage, education, scientific discoveries, and in so doing, gives a fine portrait of Darwin, [...]

    Since I am interested in the 19th century, I wanted to read a biography this major figure. A man whose ideas still impact science and society in major ways today. This is a particularly interesting biography of Darwin because it's author John Bowlby is a psychologist. He explores why Darwin basically dropped out of society, his "illness", the effect of his daughter's death, and the loss of his religious faith. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the 19th century or understandin [...]

    How Darwin persisted thru 20 yrs before publishing his theories while suffering psychosomatic illnesses that he believed were inherited.

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