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Heefner 1 Colette Heefner October 7, 2007 Professor Lawson Academic Writing Charles Darwin and his Ever-Changing Science How does it feel to live on a ship for weeks on end? What is it like to be surrounded by people who you have no common interests with for thousands of miles? If disease is rampant and you are constantly feeling sick, how difficult is it to push on? And what if you captain is disgruntled, your shipmates are rowdy, and then deep in the blue, a glimpse of land appears? How fast would you run off that boat? Charles Darwin would have been able to answer of these questions for you, and his responses would have reflected all that a great naturalist would say. Born in early 1809, the Englishman spent five years upon a ship named the HMS Beagle exploring uncharted lands full of new wonders. During this voyage, he became puzzled by the distribution of wildlife on the different islands the ship traveled to and began to record his findings thoroughly. Over the course of his time at sea, he collected enough evidence to produce the theory of natural selection which faced much opposition in the mid-1800’s. The characteristics of Charles Darwin: his methodical, meticulous nature, paved the way for his success. For all the criticism he was up against, his theory had to be backed strongly and the encouragement from his family, friends and counterparts enabled him to do so. With this well-built theory, Darwin’s visions are alive more than ever today because the bases of his work are used to study the evolving diseases our world faces. Advances in
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Heefner 2 medicine will continue to be made thanks to his hard work and this just might be why it is considered to be some of “the most important science ever written.” The work of Charles Darwin is read first hand in the publication Voyage of the Beagle . This book is a compilation of his personal journal entries while traveling around the world on the ship. Readers are taken through South America, Australia, Africa and all islands in between where Darwin felt the “charm of walking over boundless turf” (Darwin 71). The book, however, is not as enticing as you would believe such a journey to be. There are no recounts of unruly shipmates or fights, only a bit of bad weather and just a touch of thrill when they encounter the island natives. Maybe I’m not giving his entries enough credit on the scale to hold a young college student’s attention, but overall I’m going to stand by my first assessment. It could just be me that was let down in Darwin’s lack of tangent from his naturalist documentation and only enthralled by the “…four posts driven into the ground, and the man extended by his arms and legs horizontally, and there left to stretch for several hours,” but there is one aspect that any reader will agree with; the writing style of the 19th Century, educated English gentleman goes a long way for him (Darwin 90). Charles Darwin’s sentences are crisp, clear, economic and what every
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