Charles Darwin’s approach to book-writing went through four key stages…
Writing tagged: ‘origin of species’
Charles Darwin’s note-making system
An exploration of how Darwin kept track of his various notes, enabling him to produce a huge body of work.
Book review: ‘On the Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin (1st ed., 1859)
…or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
28-Sep-1838: Darwin brainstorms Malthus
On 28 September 1838, Charles Darwin made some notes inspired by the writings of Rev. Thomas Malthus, and a famous simile was born.
Newsletter No. 6: ‘Building on a theory’
To mark Charles Darwin’s 211th birthday, some thoughts on his 1871 classic, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, an unlikely anecdote about a snail, plus all the usual book reviews and links to Darwin-related news stories.
Book review: ‘On the Origin of Species’, second edition facsimile
A faithful(ish) copy of the original.
Newsletter No. 4: ‘Giant leaps’
Apollo 11 · Origin of Species · Richard Owen · Charles Lyell · sloths · lice · deaf moths · pregnant lizards · puppy eyes · palaeoanthropology · book reviews · heads on spikes!
Book review: Evolutionary edition of ‘On the Origin of Species’ by Simon Phillipson
An aesthetically pleasing volume, indicating how Darwin’s great work on evolution itself evolved.
Book review: ‘Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species’ by Sabina Radeva
Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection explained for young children.
Newsletter No. 2: ‘Writing with a dip pen’
Our second newsletter marks the 159th anniversary of the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’…
14-May-1856: Darwin starts writing his ‘big species book’
On 14 May 1856, Charles Darwin recorded in his journal that, on the advice of his friend Charles Lyell, after almost 20 years exploring the subject, he had finally begun writing a ‘sketch’ of his ideas on species.
Attenborough reads Darwin
In celebration of his 90th birthday, the BBC has released a short video of Sir David Attenborough reading from the final paragraph of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.