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Darwin the Writer

George Levine

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608430
eISBN:
9780191731709
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608430.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book studies Charles Darwin's writing as literature, and The Origin of Species as the most important book in English in the 19th century, and surprisingly, one of the most beautiful. Reading ... More


Theories of Darwin's Doctors, and of Darwin

Ralph Colp Jr. M.D.

in Darwin's Illness

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032313
eISBN:
9780813039237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032313.003.0016
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

There is no record of how Dr. Robert Darwin diagnosed Charles' illness. Some doctors were “puzzled” by the illness. Others viewed it as a form of dyspepsia: Dr. James Gully diagnosed it as “nervous ... More


The Beagle Illnesses

Ralph Colp Jr. M.D.

in Darwin's Illness

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032313
eISBN:
9780813039237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032313.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

On 29 August 1831, through the influence of Professor Henslow, Charles Darwin was offered the position of naturalist on the HMS Beagle, which was preparing to sail around the world. When the Beagle ... More


Hard Work, Occasional Unwellness, Discovering the Theory of Natural Selection, and Marriage

Ralph Colp Jr. M.D.

in Darwin's Illness

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032313
eISBN:
9780813039237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032313.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter starts when after his travels ended Charles Darwin took lodgings in Great Marlborough Street in London, and in the next twenty months, he became “engaged” in writing Journal of ... More


Darwin and the Pampas Pirates: Adventure in Search of Treasure

Charles R. Ault

in Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704673
eISBN:
9781501705861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704673.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter chronicles Charles Darwin's swashbuckling adventures aboard the Beagle in search of nature's secrets, riding in the company of gauchos, the pirates of the pampas. It compares Darwin to ... More


Fossils, Folly & Faults: Rounding South America

Charles R. Ault

in Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704673
eISBN:
9781501705861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704673.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter chronicles Charles Darwin's voyage aboard the Beagle, which set sail on September 7, 1835, for the Galápagos Islands and rounded South America. Catastrophes are no stranger to Darwin's ... More


Mr. Darwin’s Religion

Keith Thomson

in Private Doubt, Public Dilemma: Religion and Science since Jefferson and Darwin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300203677
eISBN:
9780300213409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203677.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter deals with how Charles Darwin suffered from chronic anxiety while working on his evolution theory, which can largely be attributed to the conflict between religion and evolution. His On ... More


Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond

Niles Eldredge

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153164
eISBN:
9780231526753
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153164.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This book follows the development of evolutionary science over the past two hundred years. It highlights the fact that life endures even though all organisms and species are transitory or ephemeral. ... More


Darwin and the Beagle: Experimenting with Transmutation, 1831–1836

Niles Eldredge

in Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153164
eISBN:
9780231526753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153164.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter discusses the adventures of Charles Darwin, mainly in South America, during the five-year voyage of the HMS Beagle. The possibility of Darwin engaging with the concept of transmutation ... More


. Forms Most Beautiful: Darwin

John G. T. Anderson

in Deep Things out of Darkness: A History of Natural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520273764
eISBN:
9780520954458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273764.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

In which we examine the life of Charles Darwin from his birth in Shrewsbury, through his schooling at Edinburgh and Cambridge, the voyage of the Beagle, and the years leading up to and following his ... More


Darwin’s Opportunity

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/9780226523255.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter opens part 1 of the book, “Theorizing on the Move,” by examining three major contexts or sources for Darwin’s ambition as a prospective naturalist. First, it describes the existence of a ... More


An Amphibious Being

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/9780226523255.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter uses the geologist Charles Lyell’s concept of an “amphibious being” (introduced in chapter 1) to illustrate why Darwin’s experience on a maritime surveying voyage had the potential to ... More


Every Cheating Tradesman: The Political Economy of Natural Selection

Piers J. Hale

in Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226108490
eISBN:
9780226108520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226108520.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The records of Darwin's Beagle voyage reveal the connections he drew between natural, political and moral economies. He explicitly described his encounter with the natives of Tierra del Fuego in ... More


The Ugly Brother

Evelleen Richards

in Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226436906
eISBN:
9780226437064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226437064.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Chapter 1 analyses the defining moment of Darwin’s conception of sexual selection: his lived experience of savage encounter with the indigenes of Tierra del Fuego during the voyage of the Beagle. It ... More


Lysis and Replication: Homo nexus, Disaffected Subject

Thierry Bardini

in Junkware

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667505
eISBN:
9781452946580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667505.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the transitory form that late-modern humans might embody to give rise to the posthuman. It discusses the philosophical fiction of “Homo nexus”, which is described as both a ... More


De-Coda

Thierry Bardini

in Junkware

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667505
eISBN:
9781452946580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667505.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter talks about false promises of the molecular revolution, the persistence of junk, and the victory of stasis over entropy. It reviews the cinematographic presence of junk in cyberfictions, ... More


Mishaps at Mars

Fred Taylor

in Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

JPL and Oxford worked together to devise a powerful instrument called the Pressure Modulator Infrared Radiometer, PMIRR for short, to study the weather and climate on Mars. It was selected for flight ... More


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