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Science: A Man’s World?

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Discussion Questions|Letters Darwin's correspondence show that many nineteenth-century women participated in the world of science, be it as experimenters, observers, editors, critics, producers, or consumers. Despite this, much of the…

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  • … are coded here as i) masculine and ii) feminine? 3. To what extent does this correspondence …

Alfred Russel Wallace’s essay on varieties

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The original manuscript about varieties that Wallace composed on the island of Gilolo and sent to Darwin from the neighbouring island of Ternate (Brooks 1984) has not been found. It was sent to Darwin as an enclosure in a letter (itself missing), and was…

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  • … of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Zoology)  3 (1859): 45–62, and this text is reprinted …

Darwin’s scientific women

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Darwin exchanged letters with women who were botanists, travellers, observers, writers, and naturalists. Find out about their lives and how they contributed to his research.

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  • … Darwin’s letters shed light on the lives of some otherwise little-known women and reveal how much …

'Like confessing a murder' audio play

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This speciallycommissioned BBC Radio drama is based entirely on Charles and Emma Darwin’s own words and correspondence. Behind the controversial public persona, Darwin was an affectionate family man, fully engaged – sometimes heartbreakingly so – in the…

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  • … This specially commissioned BBC Radio drama is based entirely on Charles and Emma Darwin’s own …

Offer of a lifetime

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When Charles Darwin was 22 he was offered an exciting opportunity to join a sea voyage that would take him around the world. The journey would change Darwin’s life and the course of science - but he nearly didn’t go at all!

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  • … Pupils investigate the chain of letters and events leading up to Darwin going on the Beagle voyage …

Getting to know Darwin's science

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One of the most exciting aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the opportunity it gives to researchers to ‘get to know’ Darwin as an individual. The letters not only reveal the scientific processes behind Darwin’s publications, they give insight…

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  • … in some cases, from the work of his contemporaries 3. relevant material from Darwin’s archive …

Science, Work and Manliness

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Discussion Questions|Letters In 1859, popular didactic writer William Landels published the first edition of what proved to be one of his best-selling works, How Men Are Made. "It is by work, work, work" he told his middle class audience, …

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  • … this differ from how Darwin praised women's work ? 3. What implications might …

Privacy policy

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  • … security of our websites and we delete it after a maximum of 3 months. We may use and disclose it as …

Clémence Auguste Royer

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Getting Origin translated into French was harder than Darwin had expected. The first translator he approached, Madame Belloc, turned him down on the grounds that the content was ‘too scientific‘, and then in 1860 the French political exile  Pierre…

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  • … Darwin was perplexed to say the least; “I received 2 or 3 days ago”, he told Asa Gray in 1862 , …

William Yarrell

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William Yarrell was a London businessman, a stationer and bookseller, who became an expert on British birds and fish, writing standard reference works on both.  He was a member of several science and natural history societies, including the Linnean Society…

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  • … William Yarrell was a London businessman, a stationer and bookseller, who became an expert on …

Results of the Darwin Online Emotions Experiment

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Thanks to all who took part in our online emotions experiment – over 18,000 of you! The formal stage of the experiment is now over, but it will be staying online as an activity, so if you don’t want to know the results, look away now.  If you’d like to…

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  • … For instance, over 50% identified photographs 2 (surprise), 3 (terror), 4 (grief and despair) with …

John Beddoe

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In 1869, when gathering data on sexual selection in humans, Darwin exchanged a short series of letters with John Beddoe, a doctor in Bristol. He was looking for evidence that racial differences that appear to have no benefit in terms of survival - and…

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  • … In 1869 Darwin exchanged a short series of letters with a John Beddoe, a doctor in Bristol who had …

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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  • … (2) They never begin one cell at time always several (3) they can judge distance to certain extent, …
  • … of two cells. He states that first the outlines of these 3 primordial cells are arched, ( section …

Darwin in letters, 1821-1836: Childhood to the Beagle voyage

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Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through school-days at Shrewsbury, two years as a medical student at Edinburgh University, the undergraduate years at Cambridge, and the of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.…

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  • … Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through his school …

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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  • … by organisms reflect the degree of zoological parentage, (3) some organisms, in contrast to the …
  • … good to illustrate my theory; see his Treatise.^3^ It is evidently most difficult to make out old in …
  • … are quite aborted . . . ( Living Cirripedia (1854): 562–3)    Indeed, Proteolepas …
  • … as an extreme example of retrograde development.   ^3^ Milne-Edwards 1834–40.   ^4^ …

Variation under domestication

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A fascination with domestication Throughout his working life, Darwin retained an interest in the history, techniques, practices, and processes of domestication. Artificial selection, as practiced by plant and…

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  • … first chapter of the Origin ? How can you tell? 3. What is Darwin's primary theory on …

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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  • … does he compare Scotland to his home in Shrewsbury? 3. How would you characterize Darwin' …

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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  • … do botanical work through his relationship with Gray? 3. How does Darwin explain his move to …

Darwin, cats and cat shows

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One of the more unusual invitations Darwin received was to be a patron of the Crystal Palace cat show, the first nationwide cat show in Britain. The man who first came up with the idea for the show, Harrison Weir, was one of Darwin’s correspondents, as…

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  • … Siamese, Mrs Poodles ( Daily News , 26 October 1872, p. 3). Harrison Weir remained closely …

Orchids

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A project to follow On the Origin of Species Darwin began to observe English orchids and collect specimens from abroad in the years immediately following the publication of On the Origin of Species. Examining…

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  • … was helpful to Darwin's science? Why or why not? 3. How did Darwin attempt to verify his …
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