DARWIN’S BACKYARD : HOW SMALL EXPERIMENTS LED TO A BIG THEORY / James T. Costa

Reading this detailed account of the meticulous studies Darwin performed on widely diverse topics – all with the purpose of supporting his Origins – made me feel like I was part of his world. Costa shows how Darwin enlisted friends, relatives, servants and fellow researchers to gather information from around the world to learn about barnacles, bees, orchids, vines, facial expressions, carnivorous plants, pigeons, worms and other interests, that were later incorporated into books. Amazingly he pursued his passion for forty years through chronic illness, the birth of ten children and the deaths of three of them.

Celeste  11/10/2017

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