Darwin and the Barnacle by Rebecca Stott
The Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough

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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 Barnacle 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. 32 illustrations.


About Rebecca Stott

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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.
Published January 1, 2003 by Faber and Faber Pub.. 309 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Stott amplifies Darwin's list and provides a lively account of the “pathfinders, iconoclasts, and innovators” who were Darwin's spiritual kin over the preceding 2,000 years.

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A key period in Charles Darwin's career: the years 1846-54, when he became the world's expert on barnacles.

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After being chastised for ignoring those who contemplated evolutionary ideas before he published On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin added a preface entitled “An Historical Sketch” to the third edition of his great work.

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