Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

Darwin’s theory of evolution, which implied that our anscestors were apes, caused a furore in the scientific world and beyond when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and scepticism about the value of Darwin’s contribution to knowledge is widespread. In this analysis of Darwin’s major insights and arguments, Jonathan Howard reasserts the importance of Darwin’s work for the development of modern science and culture.