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Darwin's Garden: Down House and the Origin of Species
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Counterpoint
Publication date February 1, 2009
Pages 251
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781582434711
ISBN-10 1582434719
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $26.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Five years after returning from his trip around the world, young Charles Darwin became the owner of Down House in Kent, England, where he moved his growing family, far away from the turmoil and distractions of London. He would live there for the rest of his life, and it would become the place where he began work on his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species.
For almost twenty years, he used the garden around him as a laboratory. In the orchard, he conducted experiments on pollination. He built a dovecote where breeding new strains of pigeons helped him understand the intricacies of generation. On his daily walk along the sandbank, he observed how plants competed for survival. In solitude he struggled with the ideas of evolution that had haunted him since his voyage, which, in turn, gave him the courage to publish his revolutionary ideas.
Bringing Darwin’s garden to the present day, Boulter unfolds a shining portrait of the formation of one of England’s greatest thinkers and his relationship with the place he loved, and shows how his experiments—conducted more than 150 years ago—are still revealing new proofs as we continue to search for the origins of life.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781582434711 Book cover for 9781845295998
 
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from Counterpoint (February 1, 2009)
9781582434711 | details & prices | 251 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Five years after returning from his trip around the world, young Charles Darwin became the owner of Down House in Kent, England, where he moved his growing family, far away from the turmoil and distractions of London.
from Constable & Robinson Ltd (June 26, 2008)
9781845295998 | details & prices | 251 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $30.70
About: Five years after returning from his trip around the world on HMS Beagle, the young Charles Darwin became the owner of Down House in Kent, where he moved his growing family, far away from the turmoil and distractions of London.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781582435589
 
from Counterpoint (February 1, 2010)
9781582435589 | details & prices | 251 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.95
About: On the Origin of Species was built upon the young Charles Darwin’s observations of the natural world when he circumnavigated the globe as a "gentleman naturalist" on the HMS Beagle.

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