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The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
by Jim Whiting
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As a young man in England, Charles Darwin had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. Then he was asked to go on a long ocean voyage. Boarding the ship Beagle in 1831, he spent nearly five years sailing around the world. He returned with one of the most important ideas in the history of science: the theory of evolution. It took him more than 20 years to publish a book about his theory. When his book, The Origin of Species, appeared in 1859, it aroused a great deal of controversy. It directly challenged many of the beliefs in the Bible. Darwins theory of evolution remains controversial today in the United States. Many Americans believe that what is in the Bible is true. There are numerous challenges to teaching evolution in schools.
About the Author
Jim Whiting has been a remarkably versatile and accomplished journalist, writer, editor and photographer for more than 30 years. A voracious reader since early childhood, Mr. Whiting has written and edited about 200 non-fiction childrens books. His subjects range from authors to zoologists and include contemporary pop icons and classical musicians, saints and scientists, emperors and explorers. Representative titles include The Life and Times of Franz Liszt, The Life and Times of Julius Caesar, Charles Schulz, James Watt and the Steam Engine, and Juan Ponce de Leon. Othercareer highlights are a lengthy stint publishing Northwest Runner, the first piece of original fiction to appear in Runners World magazine, hundreds of descriptions and venue photographs for America Online, e-commerce product writing, sports editor for the Bainbridge Island Review, light verse in a number of magazines and acting as the official photographer for the Antarctica Marathon. He lives in Washington state with his wife and two teenage sons.
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