Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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  • Charles Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle

    Charles Darwin set out on a journey aboard the HMS Beagle that would change the history of science forever. At the Galapagos Archipelago, Darwin observed that finches on different islands had slightly different beaks, which seemed specialized to open different types of seeds. This was one of the observations that would get Darwin thinking along new lines: perhaps species change over time, adapting to their environment. Darwin, Charles. Voyage of the Beagle. London, Henry Colburn, 1839.
  • Charles Darwin Studies Barnacles

    From 1846 to 1854, Darwin developed an obsession with barnacles, even saying later that he probably spent too much time on them. His close study helped him more fully develop the theory of evolution. Darwin's Missing Barnacles
  • Charles Darwin Publishes The Origin of Species

    Charles Darwin Publishes The Origin of Species
    After years of reflection, Darwin published his theory of evolution, stating that species change over time, and the species that are best adapted to their environment will be the ones to survive and reproduce. Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species. London, John Murray, 1859.
  • Charles Darwin Publishes The Descent of Man

    This book argued that humans descended from other animals in the process of evolution. For the culture of the time, this was a huge paradigm shift as understood by Thomas Kuhn (Godfrey-Smith). Darwin, Charles. The Descent of Man. London, John Murray, 1871. Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Theory and Reality : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. University of Chicago Press, 2003. EBSCOhost,