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Evolution's Captain: The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the Beagle By Peter Nichols Evolution s Captain The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin s Voyage Aboard the Beagle This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy who invited the year old Darwin to be his companion on board the
  • Title: Evolution's Captain: The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the Beagle
  • Author: Peter Nichols
  • ISBN: 9780060088781
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • Evolution's Captain: The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the Beagle By Peter Nichols This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22 year old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle.This is the remarkable story of how a misguided decision by Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle , precipitated his employment of a young naturalist named Charles DaThis is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22 year old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle.This is the remarkable story of how a misguided decision by Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle , precipitated his employment of a young naturalist named Charles Darwin, and how the clash between FitzRoy s fundamentalist views and Darwin s discoveries led to FitzRoy s descent into the abyss.One of the great ironies of history is that the famous journey wherein Charles Darwin consolidated the earth rattling origin of the species discoveries was conceived by another man Robert FitzRoy It was FitzRoy who chose Darwin for the journey not because of Darwin s scientific expertise, but because he seemed a suitable companion to help FitzRoy fight back the mental illness that had plagued his family for generations Darwin did not give FitzRoy solace indeed, the clash between the two men s opposing views, together with the ramifications of Darwin s revelations, provided FitzRoy with the final unendurable torment that forced him to end his own life.
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    1. There are different echelons in the fame that men win For his work on evolution, Charles Darwin is among the gods, who, however assailed my true believers of the fundamentalist religious persuasion, will be remembered alongside Newton, Galileo, and Harvey But what of the man who was the Captain of the H.M.S Beagle, the ship on which Darwin sailed on a five year circumnavigation of the globe that included almost four years in Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego Robert Fitzroy is remembered today prima [...]


    2. Captain Robert FitzRoy is the missing link in the story of Charles Darwin s theory of Evolution It can be argued that he was the man indirectly responsible for Darwin s theories and there is evidence to show that he thought himself as such The only problem is that he was an evangelical champion of Creationism, and despised the role he inadvertently played in helping Darwin with his godless theory.FitzRoy was a wealthy Aristocrat with a Scientific mind, and an extraordinary talent for navigation [...]


    3. Again, an historian bets on the obscurity of his subject to make his book and loses Ostensibly the story of one Robert FitzRoy, captain of Darwin s ship the Beagle, this disorganized book turn out to be mostly the story of the controversies surrounding Darwin himself, the particulars of the expedition and the subsequent reaction to the newly formulated theory of evolution FitzRoy s story is interwoven throughout, but not skillfully so The plotting is busy,and the prose too dry and generic to han [...]


    4. I wasn t able to finish this I had started it but it failed to grab me I hate not finishing a book but finally succumbed to the realization that there are so many other books I want to read that there is no sense is forcing myself to read something I am not fond of.


    5. Peter Nichols has a knack for highlighting the pathos in the lives of tortured sailors InA Voyage for Madmen, he shows us the characters of the lost Donald Crowhurst and the ethically tormented Bernard Moitessier in far greater relief than he does the eventual winner of the first Vendee Globe, Robin Knox Johnston The same focus holds true for Evolution s Captain we see the tragic descent of the second captain of the Beagle, Robert FitzRoy into madness, despite his efforts to avoid the depression [...]


    6. An innovative approach to a controversial issue through examining the life of the captain of the HMS Beagle Part one covers the career of Captain FitzRoy and provides a detailed understanding of his character and personality Also included is the early life of Charles Darwin It helps the reader view the humanity of one who has become larger than life.The second half is weaker The content shifts to Darwin and his change from devout Christian to founder of atheistic evolution This could have been p [...]


    7. This is about the peripherals around Charles Darwin s historic voyage, about the ship s previous voyage, the kidnapping of the natives at the southern tip of South America, and the captain s regret, disappointment, and ultimate suicide I like historic nonfiction, but this wasn t my favorite I can not recommend this book.


    8. Not a book I would have chosen on my own, but it was a book club selection Some interesting parts but way too many characters and too many details both scientific and religious.


    9. A fascinating look at the story behind the scenes of Darwin s famous expedition and the captain of the Beagle Evolution s Captain follows Captain Fitzroy through two trips to Tierra del Fuego, the unplanned kidnapping of three Fuegians, bringing them back to England to educate and civilize them meaning learning to be an English Christian , and how returning them to Tierra del Fuego was the real purpose behind the Beagle s second journey I liked that, despite temptation to follow the famous Darw [...]


    10. This book has been sitting in my in process file for too long Once I got back to it, I seemed to be getting out of it than before Nichols filled in some curious gaps in my understanding of Darwin and Victorian England in general I had no idea the origins of such weather sayings as red sky in the morning For some strange reason the story of the Beagle can tend to take on a life of its own, as if it sailed itself FitzRoy is a tragic and heroic figure together, which just serves his humanity so mu [...]


    11. A great read, even though a bit sad Interesting to read about the man who captained the Beagle , created the precursor to the Met office, and shipping forecasts if you re interested in that, you should also read Attention all shipping by Charlie Connelly This was a great book describing a man who did so much but was also fighting his own demons.


    12. Story of the Captain of the Beagle who chose Darwin to accompany him in this 5 year voyage Fascinating and heroic of these men to sail through the straits of Magellan The details are fascinating Tragic story of capturing Yamana natives and taking them to England Told so innocently with Christian intentions So devastating to them.


    13. When the first captain of the HMS Beagle went mad and killed himself, Robert FitzRoy picked up where he had left off in an attempt to chart the waters off South America While in Tierra del Fuego FitzRoy met some young natives whom he took with him back to England in hopes to civilize them by using his Christian background and teachings The three Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button and York Minster did manage to assimilate to British culture and soon their own behaviors and ideas were of the past Due to [...]


    14. Overall I found this interesting But, also overall, I thought the author sought a middle ground in the narrative mentioning the places he was exploring without going into the details of the work he was doing The result was to preserve the most boring part the repetition of rowing in and out of various inlets I thought it would have been interesting go detail how he mapped the area, or failing that, to skip over some of the places explored.


    15. Though a bit dry at times, I thorougly enjoyed reading about Captain FitzRoy I had no idea that Darwin wasn t the Captain s first choice to accompany him on the H.M.S.Beagle Charles Darwin was a virtually unknown 23 year old,somewhat undirected, uncertain about his future, and aimless His own father didn t know what to make of him He almost didn t join Captain FitzRoy Oddly enough, the voyage was considered a failure at the time, but the failure of FitzRoy led to Darwin s fame and success After [...]


    16. I found this book really interesting It tells the story of Robert FitzRoy, the Captain of the Beagle He was appointed Captain after the suicide of the former Captain and undertook extensive survey work in the Magellan Strait He was a true man of his times, to the extent that he even took four of the indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego back to London with him in an ill fated attempt to civilise them He returned to South America, taking his savages back, and also Charles Darwin, who was to be a [...]


    17. This was an interesting book about the Captain of the HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy Peter Nichols presents an interesting analysis of how FitzRoy and Darwin interacted on the voyage and how their beliefs diverged throughout the voyage and later in life FitzRoy was looking for a companion on the voyage who would also be able to conduct scientific research Darwin took advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime.I learned that although Darwin collected a large number of specimens on the trip, he did n [...]


    18. This book concentrates on the travels of Fitzroy to South America, highlighting the story of the three Fuegans that were transported to England, schooled and civilized, then returned to their home lands Fitroy s relationship with Darwin and his work as governor in New Zealand are also covered.The story is enhanced by well chosen quotes from the historical record, adding an immediacy to the read.Fitroy did amazing work in maritime mapping and was an early proponent of weather forecasting These co [...]


    19. This intriguing book sheds light on Captain FitzRoy, the fortuitous skipper of HMS Beagle Like Charles Darwin, Robert FitzRoy was an educated gentleman and an amateur naturalist in his own right But important, he was the meticulous, driven and gracious enabler of Charles Darwin, his younger cabin mate, whom the Captain engaged as a social companion and astute observer of the fauna and flora during the Beagle s five year circumnavigation Fitzroy could not have foreseen the momentous contribution [...]


    20. Peter Nichols knows how to spin a story of the sea In Evolution s Captain , he takes us almost to the bottom of the world Tierra del Fuego, Land of Fire, described as the desolate, tortuously labyrinthine southernmost tip of the drowned Andes So we learn of Tierra del Fuego from the writings of Robert FitzRoy who replaced the first Captain of the HMS Beagle, Pringle Stokes, who succumbed to despair at the unceasing battering of weather, the endless cold and wet Robert FitzRoy and his Science Off [...]


    21. I found this a very powerful book in capturing so much of history in such few pages It brought to life the emotional roll coaster life of the British naval officer FitzRoy s His navigation of South American waters in the 1830s would refine the mapping of the world that exists today as well as his contribution to meteorology It also provides an amazing insight into FitzRoy s role in facilitating Darwin develop his theories in transforming one species into another, whereby a plant or animal select [...]


    22. The captain of the Beagle was not convinced that Darwin s mission was a good idea, and he certainly disagreed with many of the young naturalist s conclusions But the caption was a man of character, interested in what he saw, and not an unthinking reactionary, as it might be easy to assume Reading about this side of the famous trip that led to the publication of The Voyage of the Beagle and On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection has been quite entertaining, and reveals many of the [...]


    23. This book read like a fiction book to meanted I am a science teacher not a history teacher so maybe the facts were fiction than fact However, his bibliography checks out so I am going with it Loved the psychology of the times, the men, the scientists, the egos the religion, the newness of discovery and how even hundred s of years later we can t get enough of the evolutionary theory debate, however we may interpret it


    24. A decent story about how the story of the Darwin Beagle trip might have been different The Beagle was full of bad luck, with various captains committing suicide The dangerous and depressing nature of Tierra del Fuego nearly caused the expedition to fail while Darwin was on the trip They get sidetracked by their involvement with the natives.It does focus on Darwin than Captain FitzRoy, but, to be fair, there is research available on Darwin.


    25. Historically interesting, particularly if you are interested in biology or evolution, and are a science teacher looking to add depth and opposing viewpoint to discussions of evolution with your students I will often read excerpts of this book to my classes as we discuss Darwin s travels and theory.


    26. I enjoyed reading this book and found all of it interesting I don t think everyone would find it interesting but it is accessibly written It has some good, lesser known history It s a dark tale, and I like that My complaint is that the author s writing style can be pretty cheesy for example, at the end of a chapter he ll write something like, but little did he know


    27. Picked this book up because it had something to do with Darwin It was decent, a little hard to get into in the beginning, and I was ready for it to be over by the end However it was an interesting side of the story that is seldom told.


    28. Extremely well written and researched Offers insights into both Fitzroy the Captain and Darwin both before, during, and after the voyage of the Beagle I have yet to read Darwin s original book but i really must


    29. Wow Who knew A very sad biography of the captain of The Beagle He accomplished so much in his life, but couldn t shake the mental illness that plagued his family Extremely interesting The writing is of course slanted towards evolution, but not over the top.


    30. The story of the ship s captain who took Darwin on his fabled trip, during which Darwin pulled together his theory of evolution The captain didn t agree with Darwin s positions, and spent the rest of his life disputing Darwin at every turn, dying in obscurity and unhappiness.


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