skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

Search: contains "1875", date is "1879"

Darwin Correspondence Project
Search:
1875 in keywords [X]
1879 in date [X]
30 Items
Sorted by:  
Page: 1 2  Next

To Wilhelm Pfeffer   23 March 1879

Summary

Seeks clarification of statements on sleep movements on p. 29 of WFPP’s work [Die periodischen Bewegungen der Blattorgane (1875)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Wilhelm Friedrich Philipp (Wilhelm) Pfeffer
Date:  23 Mar 1879
Classmark:  Tenri Central Library, Tenri University, Nara
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11948

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Bibliography Pfeffer, Wilhelm. 1875. Die periodische Bewegungen der Blattorgane . Leipzig: …
  • … movements on p. 29 of WFPP’s work [ Die periodischen Bewegungen der Blattorgane (1875)]. …

From D. Appleton & Co.   1 February 1879

Summary

Statement of U.S. sales of CD’s works.

Author:  D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 159: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11855

Matches: 3 hits

  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Climbing plants US ed. : The movements and …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. New York: D. Appleton. 1875. Expression US ed. : The expression of the …
  • … Darwin. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1875. Orchids 2d US ed. : The various contrivances by …

To H. N. Moseley   4 February 1879

Summary

Comments on HNM’s book [Notes by a naturalist on the "Challenger" (1879)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Date:  4 Feb 1879
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11858

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Notes on plants collected and observed at the Admiralty Islands, March 3 to 10, 1875. [ …
  • … Read 16 December 1875. ] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 15 (1877): 73–82. …
  • … of certain palæozoic corals. [Read 25 November 1875. ] ]Philosophical Transactions of the …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [20 January 1879]

thumbnail

Summary

H. N. Moseley says [in "Notes on plants collected and observed at the Admiralty Islands", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 15 (1877): 77] pigeons eject seeds in fit state for germination. He regards pigeons as providing most efficient means of transport in Malayan Archipelago.

CD’s collected notes on geographical distribution would make a good book.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10341

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Notes on plants collected and observed at the Admiralty Islands, March 3 to 10, 1875. [ …
  • … Read 16 December 1875. ] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 15 (1877): 73–82. …

To Francis Darwin   2 July [1879]

Summary

FD’s experiment shows that caustic does not interfere with the bending of radicles. Believes that the apex is a kind of brain for certain movements, being specialised to receive certain irritations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  2 July [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12132

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To Anton de Bary   5 August 1879

Summary

Thanks ADeB for sending specimens of Utricularia to Francis [Darwin]. Urges him to publish his observations, because Utricularia differs widely from Drosera. CD has been unable to detect any evidence of true digestion in Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anton Heinrich (Anton) de Bary
Date:  5 Aug 1879
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR A 45a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12182

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To Hugo de Vries   6 September 1879

Summary

Perhaps movement from side to side in plants is caused by the contraction of one side, rather than the expansion of the other.

Sends seeds of Lychnis Githago: he observed the hypocotyledenous stem, not the root, contracting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugo de Vries
Date:  6 Sept 1879
Classmark:  Artis Library (De Vries 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12219F

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To Francis Darwin   [4 February – 8 March 1879]

Summary

Requests some seeds.

Believes the leaves of Phyllanthus sleep like those of Cassia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [4 Feb – 8 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11815

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Pfeffer, Wilhelm. 1875. Die periodische Bewegungen der Blattorgane . Leipzig: …

From W. E. Darwin   [8 December 1879]

Summary

Returns Guthrie. Comments at length on Guthrie’s critique of Spencer.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Dec 1879]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12346F

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Spencer, Herbert. 1875. First principles. 3d edition. London: Williams and …

From Francis Darwin   9 July 1879

Summary

Pressure paralyses the streaming of protoplasm in the hairs of Tradescantia.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 July 1879
Classmark:  DAR 162: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12142

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Wilhelm Engelmann. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

From A. G. Butler   31 March 1879

Summary

Has succeeded in obtaining Assistant Keeper’s post.

Believes it would be interesting and valuable to study the variation in organs such as scent-fans and "strigillating" [stridulating?] organs among related species of Lepidoptera.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 390
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11963

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Bibliography Butler, Arthur Gardiner. 1875. Notes on the Lepidoptera of the family …
  • … of new genera and species. [Read 6 May 1875. ] Journal of the Linnean Society of London ( …

From Francis Darwin to Emma Darwin   30 June 1879

Summary

Last night had tremendous thunderstorm. Will ask Goebel about proshelismus. Describes experiments on beans. Please send Bessy’s address. Has got to know nice Englishman named Purdy and his wife. Bathes nearly every night with the Finlander.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  30 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12128F

Matches: 1 hit

  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Movement in plants : The power of movement …

From Raphael Meldola   11 December 1879

Summary

Sends subscription form for English edition of Weismann’s Studien.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12351

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Weismann, August. 1875–6. Studien zur Descendenz-Theorie . 2 vols. I. Ueber …

From George Henslow   8 February 1879

Summary

GH no longer believes in the value of cross-fertilisation in plants.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 166: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11864

Matches: 1 hit

  • … of the Linnean Society ( Botany ) 2d ser. 1 (1875–80): 317–98. Henslow, George. 1877b. The …

From J. F. Moulton   10 December 1879

Summary

At CD’s request he has read Malcolm Guthrie’s book [On Mr Spencer’s formula of evolution (1879)], which is a critique of First principles. He finds it a helpful clarification of Spencer’s views; however, it is as pseudo-scientific as the book it criticises.

Author:  John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12350

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Review 58: 472–504. Spencer, Herbert. 1875. First principles. 3d edition. London: Williams …

From Hugo de Vries   7 August 1879

Summary

Experiments to determine mechanism of tendril curvature; importance of variations in cell turgidity. Contraction in roots caused by increased turgor.

Author:  Hugo de Vries
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 180: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12186

Matches: 1 hit

  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Movement in plants : The power of movement …

To August Weismann   10 November 1879

Summary

Thanks for AW’s work ["Zur Naturgeschichte der Daphniden", Z. Wiss. Zool. 27: 51–112; 28: 93–254; 30 (suppl.): 123–65; 33: 55–270]. CD always interested in adaptations which appear to owe their structure to other causes.

Has not heard from Raphael Meldola for a long time about translation of AW’s Studien.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  10 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12303

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Bibliography Weismann, August. 1875–6. Studien zur Descendenz-Theorie . 2 vols. I. Ueber …

From Wilhelm Pfeffer   22 April 1879

thumbnail

Summary

In response to CD’s query, discusses sleep movements of plants. Recommends papers on subject.

Author:  Wilhelm Friedrich Philipp (Wilhelm) Pfeffer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 209.14: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12008

Matches: 1 hit

  • … John Murray. 1880. Pfeffer, Wilhelm. 1875. Die periodische Bewegungen der Blattorgane . …

To G. J. Romanes   23 July 1879

Summary

Contributes to subscription for Grant Allen.

Regrets GJR and wife could not visit.

Encloses paper [not identified] by Thomas Meehan, a very inaccurate observer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  23 July 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.566)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12168

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in England’: Grant Allen and the writing trade, 1875–1900 . New York: Palgrave Macmillan. …

From C.-F. Reinwald   17 April 1879

Summary

Second edition of Edmond Barbier’s revised translation of Origin selling out; third one to be published.

A new edition of Variation, virtually retranslated by Barbier, is in press.

Second edition of Descent selling out.

CD’s botanical books are losing money.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 176: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11998

Matches: 1 hit

  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …
Document type
letter (30)
Date
1879
01 (1)
02 (8)
03 (2)
04 (3)
06 (2)
07 (3)
08 (2)
09 (2)
11 (2)
12 (5)
Page: 1 2  Next
Search:
1875 in keywords
44 Items
Page:  1 2 3  Next

Origin is 160; Darwin's 1875 letters now online

Summary

To mark the 160th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species, the full transcripts and footnotes of nearly 650 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1875 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1875…

Matches: 11 hits

  • … of nearly 650 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1875 are published online for the first …
  • … it behaved in similar ways to the Drosera secretion. In 1875, Klein was a very controversial …
  • … I liked the man .’   Other highlights from the 1875 letters include: I am very …
  • … of my books.  ( Letter to R. F. Cooke, 29 June [1875] ) Darwin wrote this to his …
  • … new Editions .  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 August [1875] ) Darwin also completed …
  • … this possible  ( Letter to H. E. Litchfield, 4 January [1875] ) Agitation for a law …
  • … made false statements  ( Letter to John Lubbock, 8 April 1875 ) Relations between the …
  • … always succeeds  ( Letter to G. H. Darwin, 13 October [1875] ) Darwin wrote …
  • … help his father and brothers with scientific instruments: in 1875, he designed a hygrometer. …
  • … his great works ( Letter to A. B. Buckley, 23 February 1875 ) The year was saddened …
  • … in my time  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, [12 December 1875] ) In December, Darwin was …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

Summary

‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

Matches: 24 hits

  • … during his periods of severe illness. Yet on 15 January 1875 , Darwin confessed to his close …
  • … mouthpiece of ‘Jesuitical Rome’ ( Academy , 2 January 1875, pp. 16–17). ‘How grandly you have …
  • … again & again’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 January 1875 ). Darwin had also considered …
  • … learned of Klein’s testimony from Huxley on 30 October 1875 : ‘I declare to you I did not believe …
  • … carried out on live animals in laboratories. In January 1875, he received details of experiments by …
  • … printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In the event, the book …
  • … in a review of the book in the Academy , 24 July 1875, by Ellen Frances Lubbock: ‘in Utricularia …
  • … born (letter from E. F. Lubbock, [after 2 July] 1875).   Back over old ground …
  • … which I had long wished to see,’ he wrote on 21 April 1875 , ‘and now that I have seen it, I am …
  • … do a good deal of “hammering”,’ he wrote on 14 July 1875 . ‘I shall not let Pangenesis alone …
  • … his own theory of heredity in a series of articles in 1875 and 1876, based partly on his studies of …
  • … & more’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, [ c . February 1875?] ). By May, having finished …
  • … proofmaniac’ ( letter from Francis Darwin, 1 and 2 May [1875] ). But Francis also found …
  • … on astronomy, or the Duke of Wellington on art (Max Müller 1875, pp. 305–7). The debate between Max …
  • … researches (Carus trans. 1875b; the series is Carus trans. 1875–87). More controversial was the …
  • … Darwin wrote: ‘An anonymous compliment | received Feb 16th 1875’.   The great and the good …
  • … Insectivorous plants ( letter to D. F. Nevill, 15 July [1875] ). Such visitors from the upper …
  • … I can talk to anyone’ ( letter to John Lubbock, 3 May [1875] ). Finally it was arranged for the …
  • … of twining plants (letters from Lawson Tait, 16 March [1875] and 27 March [1875] ). ‘As I am …
  • … Nepenthes & will soon publish’, Darwin warned on 17 July 1875 . But Tait was undaunted. He …
  • … Thiselton-Dyer ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 7 July 1875 ). It was Thiselton-Dyer who …
  • … was appropriate for so distinguished a nominee. Already in 1875, Lankester had been elected a fellow …
  • … of Lyell’s failing health from Hooker in 1874 and January 1875. On 22 February, he was notified of …
  • … ‘high type’ ( letter from Woodward Emery, 17 September 1875 ).  …

Darwin and vivisection

Summary

Darwin played an important role in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought an unsuccessful prosecution against a French physiologist who…

Matches: 17 hits

  • … the Trichinae’ (letter to H. E. Litchfield, 4 January [1875] ). Darwin also worried that any bill …
  • … their own petition (letter to T. H. Huxley, 14 January 1875 ). In the event, Darwin became …
  • … within Darwin’s family. In his letter of 14 January 1875 to Huxley, Darwin mentioned the effect …
  • … (letter from Emma Darwin to F. P. Cobbe, 14 January [1875] ). In the course of the public …
  • … to Huxley (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 12 February 1875 ). Darwin was in London from 31 …
  • … sketch for a petition (letter from T. H. Huxley, [4 April 1875] ). This was evidently passed back …
  • … on 7 April (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 7 April [1875] ), and circulating it to others in …
  • … were made (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 10 April 1875 ), and another version was prepared …
  • … of Lords (see letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, [11 April 1875] ). He was still unsure whether …
  • … Royal Society of London (letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 April [1875] ). The next day he wrote to …
  • … else you think best’ (letter to E. H. Stanley, 15 April 1875 ). After further consultations, a …
  • … are evident in Darwin’s correspondence in April and May 1875. The initial petition (DAR …
  • … order of the clauses. In the revised sketch, dated 24 April 1875, the penalty for unlawful …
  • … at this alteration (letter from T. H. Huxley, 19 May 1875 , letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, …
  • … corrections had been made (letter to Lyon Playfair, 26 May 1875 , and letter from Lyon Playfair, …
  • … ( Hansard Parliamentary Debates , 3d ser., vol. 224 (1875), col. 794). A Royal Commission was a …
  • … the RSPCA. The commission met between 5 June and 15 December 1875, examining fifty-three witnesses, …

Language: key letters

Summary

How and why language evolved bears on larger questions about the evolution of the human species, and the relationship between man and animals. Darwin presented his views on the development of human speech from animal sounds in The Descent of Man (1871),…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 10194: Max Müller, Friedrich to Darwin, C. R., 13 Oct [1875] For Müller, human and animal …
  • … Letter 9887: Dawkins, W. B. to Darwin, C. R., 14 Mar 1875 The relationship between language …

Thomas Burgess

Summary

As well as its complement of sailors, the Beagle also carried a Royal Marine sergeant and seven marines, one of whom was Thomas Burgess. When the Beagle set sail he was twenty one, having been born in October 1810 to Israel and Hannah Burgess of Lancashire…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … about him again until he opened a letter from him in March 1875 . It was written from Rainow, a …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

Summary

1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

Matches: 6 hits

  • … vol. 23, letter from Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, 20 September 1875 ). He began to compile an account …
  • … end of the previous year. He had been incensed in December 1875 when the zoologist Edwin Ray …
  • … The controversial issue had occupied Darwin for much of 1875. In January 1876, a Royal Commission …
  • … to Insectivorous plants , which was published in July 1875, with a US edition published later …
  • … in February 1876 (despite bearing a publication date of 1875), Darwin must have been gratified by …
  • … Darwin, who had communicated the paper to the society in 1875 at Tait’s request, with the ‘awful job …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

Summary

The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … not retract his criticism in his own second edition (Dana 1875, p. 274). Descent …
  • … (Correspondence vol. 23, from J. D. Hooker, 3 January [1875] ), preferring to attack Mivart in …
  • … Anthropogenie  in the  Academy   (2 January 1875; see Appendix V, pp. 644–5) . The affair …
  • … wrote a polite, very formal letter to Mivart on 12 January 1875 , refusing to hold any future …
  • … and a second French edition was published in January 1875 ( letter from C.-F. Reinwald , 4 February …

Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

Summary

Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

Matches: 1 hits

  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …

Climbing Plants

Summary

Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A monograph by which to work After the publication of On the Origin of Species, Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals in…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … expressed. The paper was little noticed, but when in 1875 it was corrected and published as a …
  • … Letter 10214 - Darwin to T. H. Huxley, 23 October 1875 Darwin writes to his good …

Vivisection: Darwin's testimony to the Royal Commission

Summary

Wednesday, 3rd November 1875. Mr. Charles Darwin called in and examined. 4661. (Chairman.) We are very sensible of your kindness in coming at some sacrifice to yourself to express your opinions to the Commission. We attribute it to the great…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … Wednesday, 3rd November 1875. Mr. Charles Darwin called in and examined. …

Vivisection: first sketch of the bill

Summary

Strictly Confidential Mem: This print is only a first sketch. It is being now recast with a new & more simple form – but the substance of the proposed measure may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …

Matches: 4 hits

  • … cited for all purposes as “The Experiments on Animals Act, 1875.” SCHEDULE. …
  • … under the provisions of “The Experiments on Animals Act, 1875,” empowering me to make experiments on …
  • … under the provisions of the Experiments on Animals Act, 1875, that the above-named M.N. is enaged in …
  • … under the provisions of the Experiments on Animals Act, 1875, accompanied by Certificate, such as is …

St George Jackson Mivart

Summary

In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … to an end. The dispute was not resolved until early 1875, and, even then, not to Darwin’s complete …
  • … from J. D. Hooker, 29 December 1874 ). By January 1875, Mivart had still not made any …
  • … book Anthropogenie , in the Academy , 2 January 1875. ‘Possessed by a blind animosity against …
  • … (Mivart was a Catholic convert.) On 12 January 1875 , Darwin finally wrote to Mivart, …
  • … article in a letter published in the Academy , 16 January 1875, p. 66, signed, ‘The Quarterly …

Insectivorous Plants

Summary

Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Plants that consume insects Darwin began his work with insectivorous plants in the mid 1860s, though his findings would not be published until 1875. In his autobiography Darwin reflected on the delay that…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … mid 1860s, though his findings would not be published until 1875. In his autobiography Darwin …
  • … 1 The resulting volume, Insectivorous Plants (1875), was one in a series of works in which …
  • … SOURCES Books Darwin, Charles. 1875. Insectivorous Plants. London: John …

Darwin and the Church

Summary

The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … to reconcile them (letter from John Lubbock, 5 April [1875] ). The tensions between the …

Dipsacus and Drosera: Frank’s favourite carnivores

Summary

In Autumn of 1875, Francis Darwin was busy researching aggregation in the tentacles of Drosera rotundifolia (F. Darwin 1876). This phenomenon occurs when coloured particles within either protoplasm or the fluid in the cell vacuole (the cell sap) cluster…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … with these enigmatic killer vegetables culminated in 1875 with the publication of  Insectivorous …
  • … after the first edition was published. In Autumn of 1875, Francis Darwin was busy researching …
  • … in the most extraordinary way.’ As early as August 1875, Cohn had argued that aggregation in  …

Women as a scientific audience

Summary

Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … Letter 10072 - Pape, C. to Darwin, [16 July 1875] Charlotte Pape responds to …

Thomas Henry Huxley

Summary

Dubbed “Darwin’s bulldog” for his combative role in controversies over evolution, Huxley was a leading Victorian zoologist, science popularizer, and education reformer. He was born in Ealing, a small village west of London, in 1825. With only two years of…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … to relish the opportunity to come to Darwin’s defense. In 1875, he intervened in a bitter and …
  • … grandly you have defended me”, Darwin wrote on 6 January 1875, “you have indeed been a true friend.” …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

Summary

Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … would culminate in two books,  Insectivorous plants  (1875) and  Cross and self fertilisation  …

Plant or animal? (Or: Don’t try this at home!)

Summary

Darwin is famous for showing that humans are just another animal, but, in his later years in particular, his real passion was something even more ambitious: to show that there are no hard-and-fast boundaries between animals and plants.   In 1875 Darwin…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … boundaries between animals and plants.   In 1875 Darwin brought out an unassuming little book …

Inheritance

Summary

It was crucial to Darwin’s theories of species change that naturally occurring variations could be inherited.  But at the time when he wrote Origin, he had no explanation for how inheritance worked – it was just obvious that it did.  Darwin’s attempt to…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … under domestication, and revised for the second edition in 1875 (2d ed. 2: 349–99). ‘The whole …
Page:  1 2 3  Next