Tag Archives: charles darwin

Book reviews: ‘Charles Darwin: Voyaging’ • ‘Charles Darwin: The Power of Place’

A magnificent two-volume biography.

Book review: ‘Charles Darwin: Vol.2: The Power of Place’ by Janet Browne

Part 2 of an entertaining two-part biography of Charles Darwin.

Book review: ‘Charles Darwin: Vol.1: Voyaging’ by Janet Browne

Part 1 of an entertaining two-part biography of Charles Darwin.

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 Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms’ by Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin's wonderful final book.

Thomas Wedgwood: the Uncle of Photography

As historians of science are forever reminding us (although nobody listens to those killjoys), we enter dangerous territory when we start to discuss the ‘first’ person to do X, the ‘lone genius’ who invented Y, or the ‘Father of’ Great Idea Z.

Charles Darwin on the family tree of languages

In ‘On the Origin of Species’, Darwin hypothesises that the family tree of languages must closely reflect the family tree of the different races of mankind that speak them.

Golf: the Darwin connection

As we all know, absolutely everything has a Charles Darwin connection. As golf's 143rd Open Championship tees off in my native Wirral, I find evidence of its Darwin connection on display.

Book review: ‘Darwin & His Children’ by Tim M. Berra

His other legacy.

Charles Darwin: book-vandal

On Charles Darwin's horrific mistreatment of books.