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Charles Darwin

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Definition English natural scientist who formulated a theory of evolution by natural selection (1809-1882)
  • Charles Darwin spent hours in the low forest when he came here, as you might expect, and was the first to notice that the octopi used primitive tools.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • She could not resist recalling what Charles Darwin had said about her little book on the orchids of Burma.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • All that time Charles Darwin was living just outside London.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • On the wall behind him were photographs of his two heroes, Tomkins and Charles Darwin.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • DRUMMOND While your wife was tending to the religion, Mr. Sillers, did you ever happen to bump into a fella named Charles Darwin?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • The Earthling figure who is most engaging to the Tralfamadorian mind, he says, is Charles Darwin-who taught that those who die are meant to die, that corpses are improvements.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • And this other fellow is Charles Darwin, and this one is Schopenhauer, and this one is Einstein, and this one here at my elbow is Mr. Albert Schweitzer, a very kind philosopher indeed.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Charles Darwin.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Charles Darwin.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • This, at least, is the theory of Mr. Charles Darwin, who thus explains the formation of atolls—a theory superior, in my view, to the one that says these madreporic edifices sit on the summits of mountains or volcanoes submerged a few feet below sea level.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Three years ago, her brother had walked Katherine down this corridor, introducing her to the SMSC by proudly showing off some of the building's more unusual items—the Mars meteorite ALH-84001, the handwritten pictographic diary of Sitting Bull, a collection of wax-sealed Ball jars containing original specimens collected by Charles Darwin.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • To his ears, when an animal felt the urge to mate, it said "Gregor Mendel", recalling the father of genetics, and when it was time to show its mettle, "Charles Darwin", the father of natural selection, and what we took to be bleating, grunting, hissing, snorting, roaring, growling, howling, chirping and screeching were but the thick accents of foreigners.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • DRUMMOND And how do you know that God didn't "spake" to Charles Darwin?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • DRUMMOND (Scowling) In other words, the court rules out any expert testimony on Charles Darwin's Origin of Species or Descent of Man?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Mr. Charles Darwin!
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • DRUMMOND (To the JUDGE) I an trying to establish, Your Honor, that Howard—or Colonel Brady—or Charles Darwin—or anyone in this courtroom—or you, sir—has the right to think!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • How can you be so cocksure that the holy of scientific knowledge systematized in the writings of Charles Darwin is, in any way, irreconcilable with the spirit of the Book of Genesis?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • To Daniel Magrane and Francis Wade in 1882 during a juvenile friendship (terminated by the premature emigration of the former) he had advocated during nocturnal perambulations the political theory of colonial (e.g. Canadian) expansion and the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin, expounded in The Descent of Man and The Origin of Species.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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