This delightful and insightful series of essays on the practice of science was written by one of the great minds of the 19th century, Thomas Henry Huxley, a great friend and defender of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection. It includes Huxley's autobiography and essays covering improving natural knowledge; a liberal education; on a piece of chalk; the principle subjects of education; the method of scientific investigation; on the physical basis of life; and a postscript: a review of Huxley's life and work. Highly understandable and very pertinent in this age of doubt.
©2016 David Christopher Lane (P)2016 David Christopher Lane
Wonderful travel back into the 1800's for a scientific view from one of the most famous naturalists. Wonderfully simple explanation of the scientific method and its daily used. Educates people on how their daily decisions and observations are extensions of the scientific method. Enjoyed it thoroughly. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
A collection of what, today, would be doctoral theses relating to natural history and it's study. He felt closer to mechanical engineering, but saw physiology as it's counterpart, and did tolerate the push into medicine. Following a tour as ship's surgeon, he was then pushed unhappily into paleontology with the Royal Society, and served in that capacity for 31 years. These essays arise from that service.
Roland Sickenberger did quite well in his narration of this rather dry material by providing the voice of an invested lecturer.
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It is an interesting read. I have almost finished it. It gives a glimpse into the spirit of the age which produced a Charles Darwin and his religion.
the narrator could have researched his pronunciations a little bit better, or spent more time editing, but not a bad listen.
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It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
ESSAYS FROM A NATURALIST was a terrific listen for those who love nature and even philosophy. THOMAS HENRY HUDSON was a friend and supporter of Darwin and his theory of evolution. I liked this book and found it insightful as it somewhat paralleled Darwin yet Huxley had his own ideas and theories it seemed. He pointed out several interesting points that in our everyday lives we perhaps don't even consider or think about. The part about chalk was neat as was the part about diatoms and radiolaria.
There was a lot of awesomeness in this audiobook. I love subjects such as this. I think many of Huxley's ideas were original as well as fascinating. A great listen.
ROLAND SICKENBERGER did a fine job narrating this book. He spoke clearly with a mild tone and good voice inflections in the right places. He was an asset to the narrative. He made it his own which made it that much better.
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