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Author: James T. Costa Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781681687964
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James T. Costa takes listeners on a journey from Darwin’s youth and travels on the HMS Beagle to Down House, his bustling home of forty years.

To test his insights into evolution, Darwin devised an astonishing array of hands-on experiments using his garden and greenhouse and surrounding meadows and woodlands, even taking over the cellar, study, yard, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station.

Darwin engaged his children, friends, and neighbors as assistants and encouraged fellow naturalists to follow his lead. His inventive experiments yielded universal truths about nature and evidence for his revolutionary arguments in On the Origin of Species and other watershed works.

We accompany Darwin in his myriad pursuits against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. At each chapter’s end, Costa shows how we, too, can investigate the wonders of nature at work, with directions on how to re-create Darwin’s experiments.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Costa] has done something very important with this new book: He has brought Darwin fully to life…Costa has written an intimate and big-hearted book. In its pages, readers will discover the real Darwin, a complicated man behind a revolutionary theory.”

    Science

  • “A passionate but balanced celebration of [Darwin’s] lifelong obsession with enquiry and how the fields and meadows around his home were a microcosm of the wider world…Costa more than achieves his stated goals of revealing the evolution of Darwin’s insights and the relevance of his methods now.”

    Nature

  • “Readers will enjoy the tales Costa tells and the experience of re-creating some of the famous naturalist’s most enlightening work.”

    Science News

  • “So much more than a biography…[Darwin’s Backyard] is accessible and fun.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An unusual look at the daily creative life of a great scientist, with opportunities to dig in and observe the workings of nature first hand using methods very similar to his own.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • A Library Journal bestseller in science history

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About the Author

James T. Costa is a professor of biology at Western Carolina University, executive director of Highlands Biological Station, and a trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust. He is the author of Darwin’s Backyard and Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species; The Annotated Origin; and The Other Insect Societies.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.