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Cape Horn map

13-Jan-1833: The day HMS Beagle nearly sank

Charles Darwin's closest brush with death during the Beagle voyage came on Sunday 13th January 1833, near that most infamous of nautical perils, Cape Horn.

Book Review: ‘The Invention of Science’ by David Wootton

Review of ‘The Invention of Science: a new history of the Scientific Revolution’.

Hello, United Arab Emirates & Uganda!

I am delighted to announce that the Friends of Charles Darwin have their first members from the United Arab Emirates, and Uganda!

The great Darwin fossil hunt

In which a friend beyond measure arranges a behind-the-scenes visit to the Natural History Museum to see fossils collected by Charles Darwin during the Beagle voyage.

Hello, Senegal!

The Friends of Charles Darwin have their first member from Senegal.

Hello, Iraq!

The Friends of Charles Darwin have their first member from Iraq.

We receive feedback

The latest creationist comment amused me so much that I thought I would give it a blog post all of its own.

Three old maps

Photographs of three wonderful seventeenth-century maps in the Doge's Palace museum, Venice.

Metaphorical sight-seeing

In which I visit the spandrels of San Marco in Venice.

20-Feb-1835: Darwin witnesses an earthquake

On 20th February, 1835, Charles Darwin was lying down in a wood having a rest in Valvidia, Southern Chile, when he experienced a major earthquake.