Author Archives: Alison Pearn

Anne Schlabach Burkhardt (1916–2012)

We regret to announce the death of Anne Schlabach Burkhardt on 11 March 2012. Anne Burkhardt has been associated with the Darwin Correspondence Project since its beginning in 1974, and her contribution to its work has helped ensure the regular … Continue reading

Darwin’s “warm little pond”

After reading about an experiment that showed some moulds could survive boiling, Darwin speculated in a letter to his friend Joseph Hooker that life on earth might have started in a “warm little pond”:   It is often said that … Continue reading

Sex sells!

I hear that Ladies think it delightful reading, but that it does not do to talk about it, which no doubt promotes the sale.   In 1871 Darwin published Descent, his long-awaited book on human evolution, and all 2500 copies … Continue reading

A new look – and hundreds of new letters

Our site looks a bit different, but we have more than just a new skin: we have added some significant new material, and – we hope – made everything easier to find. We would appreciate feedback so please contact us … Continue reading