Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence

by Peter J. Bowler
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 264 pages.

In the first chapter, Bowler explains that "What follows is not a biography in the conventional sense, although obviously I shall try to present an outline of what Darwin did and said. Instead I shall offer the reader an opportunity to rethink his or her position on what the various facets of Darwin's life ought to mean to us today." Bowler is the author of numerous books on the history of the theory of evolution, including Theories of Human Evolution, Evolution: The History of an Idea, and, most recently, Reconciling Science and Religion: The Debate in Early-Twentieth-Century Britain.