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Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Alistair Sponsel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book offers a new explanation for Charles Darwin’s apparent caution in publishing On the Origin of Species, which appeared more than two decades after he privately developed his first theories ... More


Geography and the Shaping of Early Colonial Cuba

Luis Martínez-Fernández

in Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781683400325
eISBN:
9781683400981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9781683400325.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter offers a synthetic view of Cuba’s geography, including aspects such as location, insularity, topography, hydrography, climate, soils, sea and wind currents, natural disasters such as ... More


Antillean Land Bridge

Alan Graham

in Land Bridges: Ancient Environments, Plant Migrations, and New World Connections

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226544151
eISBN:
9780226544328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226544328.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

The possibility of the Antilles being continuous during the Eocene-Oligocene transition rather than discontinuous throughout their entire existence is being decided in favor of discontinuity. The ... More


Magellan Land Bridge: Cono del Sur and Antarctica

Alan Graham

in Land Bridges: Ancient Environments, Plant Migrations, and New World Connections

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226544151
eISBN:
9780226544328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226544328.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

The Magellan Land Bridge is defined as the connection between southern South America and Antarctica although throughout its Cretaceous and Cenozoic history connections continued on into Australasia ... More


Introduction

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This introduction forecasts the book’s main argument, that caution was not Charles Darwin’s original attitude toward publishing, and lays out what is at stake in examining Darwin’s self-fashioning as ... More


Studying Dry Land with a Maritime Perspective

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter argues that Darwin’s theoretical insights on the geology and paleontology of South America were made possible by his experience with maritime surveying on the continent’s Atlantic and ... More


Lyell Claims Darwin as a Student

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This initial chapter of part 2, “Training in Theory,” analyzes Darwin’s late-voyage scientific ambitions and his return to seek a place in the British geological community. It also introduces part ... More


The Life of a Tormented Geologist (and Enthusiastic Evolutionist)

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter opens part 3, “A Different Approach to Authorship,” by arguing that Darwin’s increasing anxiety was driven by the challenge of fulfilling his obligations as a geological author. With ... More


A Finished Task: Darwin’s Treatise on Coral Reefs

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter analyzes the content and strategy of Darwin’s 1842 book, The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs. It was not the grand synthetic geological treatise he had originally envisioned ... More


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