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Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836–1844
Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries

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Sydney Smith, Sandra Herbert, David Kohn, Paul H. Barrett, Peter J. Gautrey.
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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521099752

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  • Darwin's notebooks provide an invaluable record of his scientific thinking and most importantly, the development of his theory of natural selection. This edition of the notebooks, prepared to the highest standard of textual editing, thus affords a unified view of Darwin's professional interests. The Red Notebook, used on the voyage of H. M. S. Beagle and afterwards in England, contains Darwin's first evolutionary statements. In July of 1837, Darwin began his 'Transmutation Notebooks' (B - E) devoted to the solution of the species problem and in the third notebook of this series he first formulated the theory of natural selection. This volume also contains Notebook A and the glen Roy Notebook on geology, Notebooks M and N on man and behaviour and a notebook labelled Questions and Experiments. Fresh transcriptions have been done for all previously published manuscripts, with readings made directly from Notebooks B, C, D and E, presenting them with previously excised pages and restored to their original sequence.

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    'A monumental, beautiful edition.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521099752
    • length: 760 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 210 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical preface Sydney Smith
    2. Introduction Sandra Herbert and David Kohn
    3. Red Notebook 1836–1837
    Part I. Geology:
    4. Notebook A 1837–1839 Sandra Herbert
    5. Glen Roy Notebook 1838 Sydney Smith, Paul H. Barrett and Peter J. Gautrey
    Part II. Transmutation of Species:
    6. Notebook B David Kohn
    7. Notebook C David Kohn
    8. Notebook D David Kohn
    9. Notebook E David Kohn
    10. Torn apart notebook Sydney Smith and David Kohn
    11. Summer 1842 David Kohn
    12. Zoology notes, Edinburgh Notebook Paul H. Barrett
    13. Questions and Experiments Paul H. Barrett
    Part III. Metaphysical Enquiries:14. Notebook M Paul H. Barrett
    15. Notebook N Paul H. Barrett
    16. Old and Useless Notes Paul H. Barrett
    17. Abstract of Macculloch Paul H. Barrett
    Bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Editors

    Paul H. Barrett

    Peter J. Gautrey

    Sandra Herbert

    David Kohn

    Sydney Smith, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    Sydney Smith, Sandra Herbert, David Kohn, Paul H. Barrett, Peter J. Gautrey.

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