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Apr. 10th, 2008



                In my research paper, I plan focusing on Charles Darwin and his adventures and explorations. From my research I’ve discovered that Darwin kept a frequently updated paper journal which he brought with him during his voyage. While on this voyage, he would write detailed entries of all his discoveries and findings.  This journal contains one of the most influential scientific discoveries of all time; the theory of natural selection.  He developed this theory while in the Galapagos Islands during the mid 1800s. Besides the theory of natural selection which is now known as evolution, Darwin and Gregor Mendel are both solely responsible for all of modern biology.  His journals are detailed, captivating and exiting. While on his voyage which took five years, he would find things like fossilized sea shells in Patagonia, or evidence of extinct species. He would first collect a specimen, then he would record it in his journal, and he would then send it to Cambridge University where they would give closer inspection. When he returned home, he was an instant celebrity within the science community. Everyone wanted an organized, composed product of his findings. With the help from his journal, he finally wrote the origin of species which was so controversial for it’s time that he was afraid to publish it. It contradicted the Christian view of creationism which then was a predominant belief.

                In my opinion, Charles Darwin was one of the most influential people that ever lived. He was an explorer, a naturalist, a biologist, and a family man. I chose him for my project because evolution which is his claim to fame was rooted from his personal journal which he kept while on his voyage. Darwin couldn’t have composed his theory if it wasn’t for his journal. It assisted him in remembering what he found, when he found, and where he found it. It aided him in writing his book and it allowed science to go into new directions. In my paper I plan to write about Darwin’s journey and the importance of his journal which was brought along.


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Apr. 14th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
is there an actual copy of his journal still out there?
Apr. 14th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
It would be interesting to know how many species he actually studied while on his scientific voyage...
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