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Bibliography of Darwin’s geological publications

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This list includes papers read by Darwin to the Geological Society of London, his books on the geology of the Beagle voyage, and other publications on geological topics.  Author-date citations refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s…

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  • … private distribution by the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1 December 1835.  [ Shorter …
  • … Transactions of the Royal Society of London  (1839) pt 1: 39-81. [ Shorter publications , pp.  50 …

Darwin’s study of the Cirripedia

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Darwin’s work on barnacles, conducted between 1846 and 1854, has long posed problems for historians. Coming between his transmutation notebooks and the Origin of species, it has frequently been interpreted as a digression from Darwin’s species work. Yet…

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  • … enthusiasm in a letter to William Darwin Fox, 23 May 1833 ( Correspondence vol. 1):    …

Essay: What is Darwinism?

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—by Asa Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge asks he promptly and decisively answers: ‘What is Darwinism? it is atheism.’ Leaving aside all subsidiary and incidental matters, let us consider–1. What the…

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  • … all subsidiary and incidental matters, let us consider–1. What the Darwinian doctrine is, and 2. How …
  • … notable work, and in the words of Whewell and Bishop Butler: 1. The establishment by divine power of …
  • … doctrine of Mr. Darwin that species owe their origin–1. Not to the original intention of the divine …
  • … accounting for contrivances in Nature; the other two being–1. Their reference to the blind operation …

Climbing Plants

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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…

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  • … On the Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants , Chapter 1. Papers Gray, Asa. …
  • … DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. What is it about climbing plants that fascinates Darwin? Why do you …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

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Darwin became increasingly involved in botanical experiments in the years after the publication of Origin. The building of a small hothouse - a heated greenhouse - early in 1863  greatly increased the range of plants that he could keep for scientific…

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Descent

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There are more than five hundred letters associated with the research and writing of Darwin’s book, Descent of man and selection in relation to sex (Descent). They trace not only the tortuous route to eventual publication, but the development of Darwin’s…

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  • … would increase prejudice against his theories ( Descent 1:  1).  But he also thought he had said …
  • … & Wallace’s nearly into harmony ’. (See Descent 1: 404–10.) Sadly we cannot know to what …

Doing Darwin’s Experiments

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Darwin’s curiosity for the natural world meant he carried out experiments throughout his life. Try out his experiments in the class room and compare your results with his findings.

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  • … Darwin wrote to thousands of correspondents and his letters and notebooks show us how he worked. …

Darwin in public and private

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Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • … extracts [ View full extracts in a PDF ] 1) “And this leads me to say a few words on …
  • … and selection in relation to sex , (London: John Murray, 1st ed., 1871), vol. 1., pp. 207 – 208. …

Darwin and Religion

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When Darwin published On the Origin of Species, was there a clear cut division between those who supported science and those who supported God? Find out how Darwin’s letters reveal a complex reaction from all sides and a desire from Darwin to keep his…

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  • … Pupils explore the reaction to Darwin’s findings as evidenced through his letters. Activities …

John Maurice Herbert

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John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … with Surds and the Binomial Theorem’ ( Life and letters 1: 171). Even before the study trip, …

Women as a scientific audience

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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…

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  • … lady”. Darwin, E. to Darwin, W. E. , (March 1862 - DAR 219.1:49) Emma Darwin …

Darwin and Gender Projects by Harvard Students

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Working in collaboration with Professor Sarah Richardson and Dr Myrna Perez, Darwin Correspondence Project staff developed a customised set of 'Darwin and Gender' themed resources for a course on Gender, Sex and Evolution first taught at Harvard…

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  • … Previous Projects: The students’ brief was 1) to design a set of projects which highlight the …

Essay: Natural selection & natural theology

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—by Asa Gray NATURAL SELECTION NOT INCONSISTENT WITH NATURAL THEOLOGY. Atlantic Monthly for July, August, and October, 1860, reprinted in 1861. I Novelties are enticing to most people; to us they are simply annoying. We cling to a long-accepted…

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  • … indication of their particular bearing. There is— 1. The general fact of variability, and the …
  • … to Adolphe Brongniart, whose statements we here condense  1  —the inhabitants of these different …
  • … opposing side of the question we have read with attention—1. An article in the North American Review …
  • … may claim to be both philosophical and theistic: 1. The view of its exertion at the beginning …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … labours for a while, when he had again to lie down. ( LL 1: 224) Despite Darwin’s …
  • … mark, on the coast fronting the barrier reef?’ (Stokes 1846 1: 331) Stokes spent his …

Darwin in letters, 1847-1850: Microscopes and barnacles

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Darwin's study of barnacles, begun in 1844, took him eight years to complete. The correspondence reveals how his interest in a species found during the Beagle voyage developed into an investigation of the comparative anatomy of other cirripedes and…

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  • … in little frequented countries.’ ( Collected papers  1: 228). Not surprisingly, the leading …
  • … of the geological results of the  Beagle  voyage, on 1 October 1846, Darwin at last found time to …
  • … the ‘curious’ genus  Sagitta  ( Collected papers 1: 177–82) and another on marine and terrestial  …
  • … His  Beagle  diary of zoological observations (DAR 31.1: 305–8) contains a description, dated 8 …

Early Days

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment The young Charles Darwin From an early age, Darwin exhibited a keen interest in the natural world. His boyish fascination with naturalist pursuits deepened as he entered college and started to interact with…

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  • … Origin of Species: A Biography. (2008) Grove Press, pages 1 – 83. Letters …

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

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Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825–1921) was born in Henrietta, New York. In early life she began to preach in her local Congregational Church and went on to teach. Throughout her life she was a renowned public speaker, a vociferous social reformer and…

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  • … order to participate in the masculine world of science. [1] In this way Blackwell …
  • … in the  Preface, you have spent so much time.” [1] For a discussion of the so-called …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Honeycombs are natural engineering marvels, using the least possible amount of wax to provide the greatest amount of storage space, with the greatest possible structural stability. Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb…

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  • … suppose when we recollect who is her teacher’ (Brougham 1839, 1: 35, 77). William Kirby wrote of the …
  • … no bee in the world ever made cylindrical cells (Brougham 1839, 1: 32). However, Darwin knew that …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … & what is delightful, I am able to write easy work for about 1½ hours every day’ ( letter to H. …
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