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Correlation of growth: deaf blue-eyed cats, pigs, and poison

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As he was first developing his ideas, among the potential problems Darwin recognised with natural selection was how to account for developmental change that conferred no apparent advantage.  He proposed a ‘mysterious law’ of ‘correlation of growth’ where…

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  • … with blue eyes’ were ‘invariably deaf’ ( Origin , p. 12; see also p. 144). Moreover, although he …
  • … eyes are generally deaf’ ( Origin  3d ed. , p. 12).  He had refined it yet further by the 4 th …
  • … and those with long beaks large feet ’ ( Origin p. 12). While he had first-hand knowledge …
  • … alone have a good chance of living." ( Origin 3d ed. p. 12). ‘I have been the more …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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List of people appearing in the photograph album Darwin received from scientific admirers in the Netherlands for his birthday on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Hester Loeff for providing this list and for permission to make her research available.…

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  • … admirers in the Netherlands for his birthday on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to …
  • 12 Bemmelen A.A. van (Adriaan Anthony) Director of the …
  • … Burghal School.   Deventer 12 February 1846 Groningen …
  • … Deventer 05 June 1844 Rotterdam 12 September 1891 Deventer   …

Satire of FitzRoy's Narrative of the Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle, by John Clunies Ross. Transcription by Katharine Anderson

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[f.146r Title page] Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle Supplement / to the 2nd 3rd and Appendix Volumes of the First / Edition Written / for and in the name of the Author of those / Volumes By J.C. Ross. / Sometime Master of a…

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  • … and if none be so – before the publication [ f.152v p.12 ] of my new work – I shall then give …
  • … information. Seeing however, that I was in Sydney from the 12 th to the 30 th inclusive of …
  • … this planet” – V. “Until the 12 th everyone was actively occupied – Our …
  • … which are given in the plan *[3] V. Until the 12 th everyone was actively employed – …
  • … to be a circular group of low Islands extending from Lat 12˚ 4' S. to 12˚ 23 [an error of nine …
  • … Colonial laws of Java under the British Government.” *[12] “If so (said Captain S.) upon what …
  • … South Latitude. Hence the fact being that it is in 12˚&c. The guess that I have made respecting …
  • … *[11] Copied from the previous Editions. *[12] That Government enacted – that all …

People featured in the German and Austrian photograph album

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Biographical details of people from the Habsburg Empire that appeared in the album of German and Austrian scientists sent to Darwin on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Johannes Mattes for providing these details and for permission to make his…

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  • … album of German and Austrian scientists sent to Darwin on 12 February 1877. We are grateful …
  • … N.N.: GM Josef Edler von Hausner. In: Wiener Zeitung 261 (12 th  November) 1907. p. 4.   …
  • … erweiterte Frauenbildung in Wien (1909/10) 22, 1910. p. 8, 12.  N.N.: Auflösung des …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … set forth in  Origin  ( see letter to P. L. Sclater, 12 [March 1861] ). …

Scientific Practice

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Specialism|Experiment|Microscopes|Collecting|Theory Letter writing is often seen as a part of scientific communication, rather than as integral to knowledge making. This section shows how correspondence could help to shape the practice of science, from…

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  • … Letter 1260 — Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., 12 Oct 1849 Darwin writes to Hooker about his …

Darwin's notes for his physician, 1865

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On 20 May 1865, Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that John Chapman, a prominent London publisher who had studied medicine in London and Paris in the early 1840s, visited Down to consult with Darwin about his ill health. In 1863 Chapman started to treat…

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  • … with dietary restrictions (see Correspondence vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 April [1864], …
  • … J. D. Hooker, 26[-7] March [1864] ( Correspondence vol. 12), Darwin remarked that Jenner had …

Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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  • … at the University of Oxford. Date of interview: 12 March 2009 Transcription …

Photograph album of Dutch admirers

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Darwin received the photograph album for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from his scientific admirers in the Netherlands. He wrote to the Dutch zoologist Pieter Harting, An account of your countrymen’s generous sympathy in having sent me on my…

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  • … Darwin received the photograph album for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from his scientific …

Charles Darwin born

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Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the fifth of six children of Robert Waring Darwin, a doctor, and his wife Susannah, daughter of Josiah Wedgwood I.

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  • … Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the fifth of six children of Robert Waring …

Australia

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The Beagle arrives in Australia

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  • … The Beagle arrives in Australia …

Who we are

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Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974. Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here. Current staff are…

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  • … Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in …

New features for Charles Darwin's 208th birthday

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The website has been updated with an interactive timeline (try it!) and enhanced secondary school resources for ages 11-14. What's more, the full texts of the letters for 1872 are now online for the first time, and a selection of Darwin's…

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  • … in print. A fitting way to celebrate Darwin's birthday on 12 February. Use the …

Upper Gower Street

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Moves to 12 Upper Gower Street, London

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  • … Moves to 12 Upper Gower Street, London …

About Darwin

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To many of us, Darwin’s name is synonymous with his theory of evolution by natural selection.  But even before the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was publicly known through his popular book about the voyage of the Beagle, and he was…

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  • … culture, and the discussion of religion. Born on 12 February 1809, Charles Darwin was the son …

About Darwin

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To many of us, Darwin’s name is synonymous with his theory of evolution by natural selection.  But even before the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was publicly known through his popular book about the voyage of the Beagle, and he was…

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  • … culture, and the discussion of religion. Born on 12 February 1809, Charles Darwin was the son …

John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … to M r  Clowes & make the poor workman some present’ (12 June [1849] Letter 1245 ). …
  • … usual, worried: ‘I hope to Heaven book will sell well’ (12 January [1871] Letter 7438 ). A second …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … conviction that species were mutable (S. Herbert 1980, p. 12; Sulloway 1982b). Using transmutation …

Darwin on marriage

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On 11 November 1838 Darwin wrote in his journal ‘The day of days!’. He had proposed to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and been accepted; they were married on 29 January 1839. Darwin appears to have written these two notes weighing up the pros and cons of…

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  • … Library,  DAR 210.8:1 Second note [July 1838][12] This is the Question[13] …
  • … illeg . [11] ‘I’  over  ‘l’. [12] The date is conjectural. The reference to the …
  • … at the time of writing, but in a letter to Charles Lyell, [12 November 1838], informing Lyell that …

Biogeography

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Observations aboard the Beagle During his five year journey around the world on HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin encountered many different landscapes and an enormous variety of flora and fauna. Some of his most…

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  • … Charles. On the Origin of Species , chapters 11 and 12 Papers Darwin, Charles. …
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