Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Origin of Sex

Sex is a seemingly inescapable reality of the biological world. Surveying the animal and plant kingdoms, at least, seems to reveal a world distributed into male and female. But the ultimate cause of sexual difference was a mystery even to … Continue reading

“Slyly disparaging remarks on my beloved Tennyson”

Although Darwin’s letters are a treasure of nineteenth-century natural history, they also reveal that he was engaged in lively conversations about a wide-range of subjects, including contemporary philosophy, politics and literature. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of these more casual exchanges occurred … Continue reading

Talking to Naturalists

Charles Darwin correspondended with a large number of women, many of whom were the wives of some of his closest scientific associates.  Looking at the letters exchanged between Darwin and these women reminds us not only of the interconnectedness of … Continue reading

Science – no job for a lady!

Darwin’s female correspondents give us a glimpse of just how many Victorian women were involved in scientific projects. They may have seen themselves as enthusiastic amateurs but the letters show that they carried out valuable observations and experiments in their own … Continue reading

The Darwin and gender project goes transatlantic!

Our research into Mary Treat has been given a boost in the form of associate professor of nineteenth-century science and Mary Treat expert Tina Gianquitto of the Colorado School of Mines who has generously offered us her help.  In collaboration with both our Cambridge and … Continue reading

The ‘Darwin and Gender’ Twitter feed is launched!

The Darwin and Gender Twitter feed is now up and running! It offers the exciting chance to share in comments and observations made by Darwin’s many and varied women correspondents — from ground-breaking women scientists to prominent members of the suffragist movement … Continue reading