Article ID: CBB000932511

Between the Beagle and the Barnacle: Darwin's Microscopy, 1837--1854 (2009)


Jardine, Boris (Author)

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Volume: 40
Pages: 382--395

Publication Date: 2009
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: On Scientific Instruments
Language: English

The discovery of a small collection of Darwin manuscripts at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science (University of Cambridge) 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.

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Authors & Contributors
Eagleton, Catherine
Willmoth, Frances
Siesser, William G.
Geus, Armin
De Renzi, Sylvia
Stott, Rebecca
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Medizinhistorisches Journal
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Der Globusfreund: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Globen- und Instrumentenkunde
Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences
Cambridge Latin Therapy Group and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Darwin, Charles Robert
Ehrenberg, Christian Gottfried
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Lomax, James
Stokes, George Gabriel
Geissler, Heinrich
Time Periods
19th century
17th century
Early modern
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
Cambridge (England)
Galapagos Islands
Whipple Museum of the History of Science (Cambridge, Eng.)
Harquala Peak Smithsonian Observatory

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