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article imageFirst draft of Darwin's Origin of Species goes online

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 21, 2008 in World
The original draft of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” was recently published online along with his other manuscripts, papers, photographs and notebooks.
The published draft contains more than 20,000 items with 90,000 electronic images and was made possible by The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online Project. (Darwin Online), from Cambridge University, holds all the originals of Charles Darwin’s works.
Since its introduction in October 2006, Darwin Online has had over 37 million hits.
John van Wyhe, the director for Darwin Online told Associated Press:
This release makes his private papers, mountains of notes, experiments and research behind his world-changing publications available to the world for free.You can check out this work here. It has both text view and image view and you can browse the contents free.
The collection includes his notes during the five year voyage of the HMS Beagle during which Darwin collected fossil and specimen samples and first began to formulate his theory of revolution.
The documents also included the first draft of “Origin of Species” from the 1840s and recipes from his wife Emma’s recipe book.
Origin of Species
is one of the most read books in the world, and even if you don’t agree with Darwin's theory it provides valuable insights about evolution of plants and animals.
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