Author Archives: Alison Pearn

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