Essay on Charles Darwin 's Theory Of Evolution

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Charles Darwin was a British scientist who laid the foundation of modern evolutionary theory with his concept of the development of all forms of life through a slow-working process by the name of natural selection. He was a controversial figure in his own time and continues to spark controversy today because his work was of major influence on the life and earth sciences and on modern thought in general. He did not invent the theory of evolution. However, backed by careful observation, his book Origin of Species presented such a logical expression of the theory that the burden of proof shifted from the supporters of evolution to those who denied it. Darwin was born in the tiny merchant town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on February 12, 1809, the same day as Abraham Lincoln across the Atlantic. He was the fifth of six children and came from a long line of scientists. His father, Dr. Richard W. Darwin, was as a medical doctor, and his grandfather, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, was a renowned botanist. Charles had a privileged and happy childhood; “the one exception was the death of his mother, Susannah, in 1817, when Charles was just 8 years old” (Berra, 6). He was not an aristocrat, but he was a member of the rich, upper-middle classes, the people who had done very well out of the Industrial Revolution. For Darwin 's first few years of education he went to Shrewsbury School, where most of the lessons were in the classics such as Latin. Most would think that he would have exceled…

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