In Darwin’s world man is no longer the divine being but a helpless product of chancy mutation

The Reluctant Mr.Darwin by Quammen is Darwin’s latest biography that deals with Darwin’s ideas “which were profoundly original,dangerous and thrilling”.Why does life evolve,Darwin wondered. The idea that natural selection is at work-Godless,goalless,scattershot,haphazard- leaves a world of materialism difficult to accept. In this world mutation and recombination are mere accidents.

Centuries before Copernicus removed the earth from the centre of the universe and now Darwin has removed man as the God’s chosen species among living forms.

(Reviewer:Gregory M.Lamb)

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