The Descent of Genius: Charles Darwin's Brilliant Career

What were the origins of Charles Darwin's particular species of genius?

HMS Beagle surveys the coasts of South America. Painting by Conrad MartensLooking back on his career, Charles Darwin wrote in 1871:

I have been speculating... what makes a man a discoverer of undiscovered things, and a most perplexing problem it is. Many men who are very clever – much cleverer than the discoverers – never originate anything.

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