Darwin's Garden: Down House and the Origin of Species

Darwin's Garden: Down House and the Origin of Species by -

Title: Darwin's Garden: Down House and the Origin of Species
Author: -
ISBN10: 1582434719
ISBN13: 978-1582434711
Publisher: Counterpoint; First American Edition edition (February 17, 2009)
Language: English
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Size PDF: 1627 kb
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Rating: 4.3/5
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Pages: 272 pages
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Five years after returning from his trip around the world, young Charles Darwin became the owner of Down House in Kent, England, where he moved his growing family, far away from the turmoil and distractions of London. He would live there for the rest of his life, and it would become the place where he began work on his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species.For almost twenty years, he used the garden around him as a laboratory. In the orchard, he conducted experiments on pollination. He built a dovecote where breeding new strains of pigeons helped him understand the intricacies of generation. On his daily walk along the sandbank, he observed how plants competed for survival. In solitude he struggled with the ideas of evolution that had haunted him since his voyage, which, in turn, gave him the courage to publish his revolutionary ideas.Bringing Darwin’s garden to the present day, Boulter unfolds a shining portrait of the formation of one of England’s greatest thinkers and his relationship with the place he loved, and shows how his experiments—conducted more than 150 years ago—are still revealing new proofs as we continue to search for the origins of life.