Darwin and the Barnacle

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Science - 309 pages
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A scientific detective story that illuminates the remarkable saga of Darwin's greatest achievement. Pairing Charles Darwin and a rare species of barnacle as her unlikely protagonists, Rebecca Stott has written an absorbing work of history, a book that guides readers through the treacherous shoals of nineteenth-century biology. Beginning her narrative in the 1820s even before Darwin's Beagle voyage, Stott examines the mystery of why Darwin waited over two decades between formulating his pivotal theory of natural selection and publishing it. Lavishly illustrated, filled with riddles and concepts that challenge our notion of Victorian science, Darwin and the Barnade is a thrilling account of how genius proceeds through indirection--and how one small item of curiosity contributed to one of science's greatest achievements.
  

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Review: Darwin and the Barnacle: The Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough

User Review  - Jane Baker - Goodreads

Wonderful and readable history. So detailed and human it's like you live in the Darwin household. I didn't want it to end in a way cos I want to know how his Origins book is received - in this authors ... Read full review

Review: Darwin and the Barnacle: The Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough

User Review  - Mark Edon - Goodreads

I thought this was fab. Disclaimer. I am a Darwin enthusiast or addict. Or as my wife would say, nutter. Enthralling history and some perceptive insights into the man and his work. Read full review

Contents

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About the author (2003)

Rebecca Stott is a writer, academic, and radio broadcaster. She is an affiliated scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.

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