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Darwin and working from home

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Ever wondered how Darwin worked? As part of our For the Curious series of simple interactives, ‘Darwin working from home’ lets you explore objects from Darwin’s study and garden at Down House to learn how he worked and what he had to say about it. And not…

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  • … aloud of family letters. 10.30–12 or 12.15 Returned to study, which …
  • … health, usually alone or with a dog. 12.45 pm Lunch with whole …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … thanked the director, Adriaan Anthoni van Bemmelen, on 12 February 1877 : ‘I suppose that every …
  • … the beginning of his 70th year. Darwin was in fact 68 on 12 February 1877. Distinguished …
  • … down to rest’, he explained ( letter to J. W. Clark, 12 November 1877 ). Worms Aside …

Darwin in letters, 1860: Answering critics

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On 7 January 1860, John Murray published the second edition of Darwin’s Origin of species, printing off another 3000 copies to satisfy the demands of an audience that surprised both the publisher and the author. It wasn't long, however, before ‘the…

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  • … further supporting evidence ( letter to Edward Cresy, 12 December [1860] ). This work was not …
  • … observing is than writing.—’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 12 September [1860] ). Despite the fact …

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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  • … Letter 282 - Darwin to Fox, W. D., [9 - 12 August 1835] Darwin discusses with Fox his …

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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  • … Letter 10390 - Herrick, S. M. B. to Darwin, [12 February 1876] Sophia Herrick …
  • … Letter 13547 - Tanner, M. H. to Darwin, [12 December 1881] Mary Tanner tells …

Darwin as mentor

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Darwin provided advice, encouragement and praise to his fellow scientific 'labourers' of both sexes. Selected letters Letter 2234 - Darwin to Unidentified, [5 March 1858] Darwin advises that Professor C. P. Smyth’s observations are not…

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  • … Letter 9005b - Darwin to Treat, M., [12 August 1873] Darwin thanks Treat for sending over …

The writing of "Origin"

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From a quiet rural existence at Down in Kent, filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on the transmutation of species, Darwin was jolted into action in 1858 by the arrival of an unexpected letter (no longer extant) from Alfred Russel Wallace outlining a…

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  • … require a ‘small volume’ (letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 October [1858] ). Begun while he was in …

Floral Dimorphism

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Floral studies In 1877 Darwin published a book that included a series of smaller studies on botanical subjects. Titled The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species, it consisted primarily of…

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  • … Letter 3757 - Joseph Dalton Hooker to Darwin, 12 October 1862 J. D. Hooker writes to …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … Letter 1260 — Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., 12 Oct 1849 Darwin opens by discussing their …
  • … Letter 3805 — Darwin, C. R. to Scott, John, 12 Nov [1862] Darwin thanks Scott for bringing …

Natural Science and Femininity

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Discussion Questions|Letters A conflation of masculine intellect and feminine thoughts, habits and feelings, male naturalists like Darwin inhabited an uncertain gendered identity. Working from the private domestic comfort of their homes and exercising…

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  • … garden. Letter 2864 - Darwin to Hooker, J. D., [12 July 1860] Darwin describes …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … as an Icon.” in  Culture and Organization , 2006, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 341-357. Prodger, …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … require a ‘small volume’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 October [1858] ). Begun while he was in …

Barnacles

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Darwin and barnacles Darwin’s interest in Cirripedia, a class of marine arthropods, was first piqued by the discovery of an odd burrowing barnacle, which he later named “Mr. Arthrobalanus," while he was…

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  • … Letter 1022 —Darwin to J. D. Hooker, [12 Nov 1846] One month later, he writes to Hooker …

Power of movement in plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Family experiments Darwin was an active and engaged father during his children's youth, involving them in his experiments and even occasionally using them as observational subjects. When his children…

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  • … Letter 12152 - Francis Darwin to Darwin, 12 July 1879 Francis writes to his father …

Darwin’s student booklist

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In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … & Lect. Pamph. 9  8 Vo. H K Whites Letters & Poems 12 mo 10 Pennants …
  • … 15  1 Vol. 8 Vo Almack & Granby 16  6 Vols 12. mo Henry Chemistry 17  2 Vols …
  • … essays in Rambler 19 Brambletye House 20  3 Vos 12 mo Clarkes travels 21  5 …
  • … and Abernethy 1823 (see n. 3). 10 White 1826. 12 mo: duodecimo. 11 Pennant 1784 …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … means of changing the races of man’ (Correspondence vol. 12, letter to A. R. Wallace, 28 [May 1864 …
  • … defender in England, Thomas Henry Huxley, remarked on 12 September on ‘the terrible “Darwinismus …

Insectivorous Plants

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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…

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  • … Letter 9005 - Charles Darwin to Mary Treat, 12 August 1873 Darwin writes to Treat to …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 5648 — Darwin, C. R. to Wallace, A. R., 12–13 Oct [1867] Darwin thinks naturalist A. R …
  • … Letter 297 — Darwin, S. E. to Darwin, C. R., 12 Feb 1836 Darwin’s sister Sarah E. Darwin …
  • … Letter 6501 — Innes, J. B. to Darwin, C. R., 12 Dec 1868 J. B. Innes, vicar of Down is …

Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

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  • …  and the third edition in April 1861.    Page 12, par. 1, line 18, substitute for ‘animals’: …
  • … and violet species.    Page 52, par. 1, line 12, insert after ‘varieties.’: 12     …
  • … humble-bee have bitten.    Page 151, par. 1, line 12, insert after ‘appreciable by us.’: 16 …
  • … extensively rewritten in Origin 4th ed., p. 47. 12.  pp. 61–2. 13.  p. 89. This …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them. No. …

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  • … photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in …
  • … 15 may 1882  Lemmer 12 Bemmelen A.A. van (Adriaan …
  • … Burghal School.   Deventer 12 february 1846 Groningen …
  • … Deventer 05 june 1844 Rotterdam 12 september 1891 Deventer …
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