David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (4):382-395 (2009)
The discovery of a small collection of Darwin manuscripts at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science has allowed a reconsideration of Darwin’s interest in and knowledge of microscopy. Concentrating on the years between his return from the Beagle voyage and the publication of the major taxonomic work on barnacles, this paper recovers a number of important aspects of Darwin’s intellectual and practical development: on returning from the Beagle voyage he acquainted himself with the work of C. G. Ehrenberg, and this informed both his private and public work; then through the 1840s Darwin transformed himself from a fascinated observer and consumer of others’ work into an expert on microscopy. I characterise this move as a piece of clever manoeuvring, and discuss more generally the kind of scientist—gentlemanly and expert—that Darwin was attempting to become.Keywords: Charles Darwin; Microscopy; Beagle voyage; Classification; Accuracy
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Adrian Desmond (2001). Redefining the X Axis: "Professionals," "Amateurs" and the Making of Mid-Victorian Biology: A Progress Report. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 34 (1):3 - 50.
Gregory Radick (2003). Is the Theory of Natural Selection Independent of its History. In J. Hodges & Gregory Radick (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Darwin. Cambridge University Press 143--167.
Samuel J. M. M. Alberti (2001). Amateurs and Professionals in One County: Biology and Natural History in Late Victorian Yorkshire. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 34 (1):115 - 147.
Richard Bellon (2001). Joseph Dalton Hooker's Ideals for a Professional Man of Science. Journal of the History of Biology 34 (1):51 - 82.
Marsha L. Richmond (2000). T. H. Huxley's Criticism of German Cell Theory: An Epigenetic and Physiological Interpretation of Cell Structure. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 33 (2):247 - 289.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Alan C. Love (2002). Darwin and "Cirripedia" Prior to 1846: Exploring the Origins of the Barnacle Research. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 35 (2):251 - 289.
Charles Darwin (1933/1988). Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary. Cambridge University Press.
Charles Darwin (2000). Charles Darwin's Zoology Notes & Specimen Lists From H.M.S. Beagle. Cambridge University Press.
Charles Darwin (1993/1998). The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or, the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Modern Library.
George Lewis Levine (2011). Darwin the Writer. Oxford University Press.
John S. Wilkins (forthcoming). Review of the Cambridge Companion to Darwin. [REVIEW] Reports of the National Center for Science Education.
Peter C. Grosvenor (2004). Darwin and the Barnacle: The Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough (Review). Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 47 (4):624-626.
Frank J. Sulloway (1982). Darwin's Conversion: The Beagle Voyage and Its Aftermath. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 15 (3):325 - 396.
Frank J. Sulloway (1983). Further Remarks on Darwin's Spelling Habits and the Dating of Beagle Voyage Manuscripts. Journal of the History of Biology 16 (3):361 - 390.
Melinda B. Fagan (2007). Wallace, Darwin, and the Practice of Natural History. Journal of the History of Biology 40 (4):601 - 635.
Janet Browne (1980). Darwin's Botanical Arithmetic and the "Principle of Divergence," 1854-1858. Journal of the History of Biology 13 (1):53 - 89.
Sandra Herbert (1974). The Place of Man in the Development of Darwin's Theory of Transmutation: Part I. To July 1837. Journal of the History of Biology 7 (2):217 - 258.
Susan Sheets-Pyenson (1981). Darwin's Data: His Reading of Natural History Journals, 1837-1842. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 14 (2):231 - 248.
Transcribed & Edited by Sandra Herbert (1987). Red Notebook, 1836-1837. In Charles Darwin (ed.), Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836-1844: Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries. Cornell University Press
Added to index2010-09-14
Total downloads8 ( #266,667 of 1,724,745 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,121 of 1,724,745 )
How can I increase my downloads?