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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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The Creed of Science

The Creed of Science

(p.311) Chapter Thirty-Seven The Creed of Science
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focusses on the work and correspondence between Darwin and Herschel. It describes how Darwin asked his publishers to send Herschel a copy of On the Origin of Species following its publication; Herschel later sent Darwin a signed copy of the second edition of his own book, Physical Geography. It also discusses how their religious convictions moved in somewhat different directions over the course of their lives. As he grew older, and particularly after his marriage, Herschel’s religious feelings seemed to grow warmer and deeper. In contrast, Darwin, in the autobiography that he wrote for his family in 1876, described how in the years after returning from his travels he had gradually come ‘to disbelieve in Christianity as divine revelation’.

Keywords:   Charles Darwin, Sir John Herschel, religion, Origin of Species, Physical Geography

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