Darwin and the Barnacle
The Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough
By (author) Rebecca Stott
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Darwin and the Barnacle by Rebecca Stott
Book DescriptionA scientific detective story that illuminates the remarkable saga of Darwin's greatest achievement. Pairing Charles Darwin and a rare species of barnacle as her unlikely protagonists, Rebecca Stott has written an absorbing work of history that guides readers through the treacherous shoals of nineteenth-century biology. Beginning her scientific detective story in the 1820s, even before Darwin's Beagle voyage, Stott examines the mystery of why Darwin waited over two decades between formulating his pivotal theory of natural selection and publishing it. Lavishly illustrated, filled with riddles and concepts that challenge our notion of Victorian science, Darwin and the Barnacle is a thrilling account of how genius proceeds through indirection-and how one small item of curiosity contributed to history's most spectacular scientific breakthrough.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393325713
(208mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 28-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rebecca Stott
Darwin's Ghosts, Paperback (May 2013)
An electrifying account of the extraordinary untold history behind Darwin's theory of evolution
Coral Thief, Paperback (November 2010)
A young scientist becomes involved with a mysterious band of antiquities robbers in the heady atmosphere of nineteenth-century Paris. A powerful and thrilling novel from the author of GHOSTWALK.
Ghostwalk, Paperback (February 2008)
A stunning literary ghost-story of entanglement and obsession; ambition and betrayal - set in present-day Cambridge, but entangled with the 17th century
Oyster, Paperback (November 2004)» View all books by Rebecca Stott
Oyster explores the animal's traditional associations with sex, seduction, and romance, as well as the literature, philosophy, art, jewellery and recipes that oysters and pearls have inspired throughout history.
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Author Biography - Rebecca Stott
Rebecca Stott is a writer, academic, and radio broadcaster. She is an affiliated scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.
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