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April 11, 2008
Charles Darwin's original theory of evolution goes online
Chronicle Editor @ Apr 11, 2008

Darwin's original theory of evolution goes online
17 Apr 2008, 1825 hrs IST,AFP

LONDON: The original version of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution was published online on Thursday among a "treasure trove" of the scientist's papers, photographs and other documents.

Some 20,000 items contained in around 90,000 images were published on the Internet, according to a spokesman for Cambridge University, the scholar's old academic home.

Chief among them was the first draft of Darwin's "The Origin of Species", produced in the 1840s, which eventually led to the publication of his most well-known work in 1859.

"This release makes his private papers, mountains of notes, experiments and research behind his world-changing publications available to the world for free," said John van Wyhe, the director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online project.

"The release of his papers online marks a revolution in the public's access to -- and hopefully appreciation of -- one of the most important collections of primary materials in the history of science," he added, describing the collection as a "treasure trove".

Along with "The Origin of Species" and other scientific papers, the collection includes photographs of him and his family, reviews of
his books, newspaper clippings, as well as material revealing his home life, notably a recipe for boiling rice, inscribed in Darwin's own handwriting.

Among the scientific papers available are notes from his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, a five-year journey which started in 1831 and took Darwin to South America and Australia, where he collected huge numbers of samples of fossils and living organisms.
It provided the basis for much of his future work and brought him success and celebrity on his return to Britain.

Darwin produced evidence to show that mankind originated through evolutionary change effected by natural selection and his findings are now considered central to our understanding of biology.

The collection can be found at .



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This site contains Darwin's complete publications, thousands of his private papers, the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue and hundreds of supplementary works: biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and much more.

Almost all is online only here: such as 1st editions of Voyage of the Beagle, Zoology, Descent of Man, all editions of Origin of Species (1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th & 6th); manuscripts & papers: Beagle Diary & field notebooks, Journal, transmutation notebooks and Autobiography.

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See also: Darwin Correspondence Project.

Darwin Online has had over 42 million hits since October 2006.

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