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Charles Darwin's notes and observations on the five-year expedition (1831 to 1836) undertaken aboard HMS Beagle led, after a time, to the development of the theory of evolution, which transformed science forever. What's more, this voyage revolutionized the way we understand life and the place each species occupies in the world.

In an uncut edition, based on the original translation, Editora Edipro was released Beagle Journey. The work contains an unprecedented introduction by Argentine professor, Doctor of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hector Palma, who describes the effects of the expedition on the indigenous peoples of South America.

Under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy, the second expedition of HMS Beagle was, in addition to scientific research, charged with transporting three indigenous people who had been taken to England and returning them to Tierra del Fuego. It is precisely this encounter between Darwin and the indigenous people that is analyzed and contextualized in the introduction.

“Indeed, the detailed descriptions of the geology, flora and fauna of the places visited; precise and clear considerations about the peoples and human groups of different regions; and reflections and problematics about some of the puzzles he encountered and which over the years will form part of the puzzle of the theory of evolution,” Palma comments on Darwin's writings.

This richly detailed novel is an invitation to a complete journey. From England to Brazil, with visits to Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador, with an extension to Oceania and Southern Africa. As for the Tupiniquin lands, which Darwin visited in 1832, he described them as a place with wide environmental diversity.

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Amidst a wide range of wonderful landscapes, the general abundance of plants stands out as the most prominent: the elegance of the grasses, the novelty of the parasitic plants, the beauty of the flowers, and the brilliant greenness of the foliage, all serve this purpose. very. […] The noise of insects is so loud that you can hear it even on a ship anchored hundreds of meters from the coast […] For anyone who enjoys natural history, a day like this brings with it an exceptionally profound pleasure that is almost impossible to experience again.

(The Journey of the Beagle, pages 50 and 51)

The British naturalist's novels not only describe scientific exploration, but also serve as an inspiration for future generations of scientists and curious people seeking to expand knowledge. The analyzes recorded by Darwin during this voyage shed light on the cultures and ways of life of different societies and aid in historical and anthropological understanding.

data sheet:

Title: The Journey of the Beagle

Author: Charles Darwin

Translator: Daniel Moreira Miranda

Publisher: Edpro

ISBN: 9786556601458

Pages: 640

Price: R$ 149.00

Where to buy: Amazon

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