This book is as much about Charles Darwin as it is about his ideas. He had a keen curiosity, an open mind, a great deal of courage and patience, and the capacity to think outside established patterns.
He was a man who, by thinking differently, changed our view of natural history. As the relatively young age of twenty-three, Darwin, a compulsive collector, sailed aboard the survey ship HMS Beagle on a five-year voyage into the unknown, in pursuit of answers to some of the many scientific questions of his time. This is the story of his discoveries and conclusion, a story full of ideas and adventure.