Rob Wesson

Pegasus, 462 pp. ISBN 978‐1‐68177‐316‐2 $28.95

In Darwin’s First Theory, Rob Wesson follows Darwin’s geological excursions in the United Kingdom and South America. He marvels at Darwin’s energy and observational skills, while we marvel at the energetic few years that Rob Wesson spent following him. Darwin’s first theory concerns the ups‐and‐downs of continents and oceans, evidence for which he confronted at nearly every port of call on his four‐year journey on the Beagle. While Robert Fitzroy, captain of the Beagle, sailed to and fro, fastidiously surveying the depths and coordinates of inlets and bays, headlands...

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