The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

This book is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates the author’s keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were still discovering and exploring much of the rest of the world. The author's five-year journey took him from the coasts of South America, Australia, and Africa to the South Pacific islands, during which he collected and documented the natural history of these areas. The voyage and the specimens he brought back would later form the basis for his famous theory of evolution.

The 1293rd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 284

Since this book was first published in 1839, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 284.0.

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