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12. Comment #441531 by Steve Zara

Your choice of course, some people just aren't interested in the "behind the scenes" stuff. But I've been re-reading "On the Origin of Species" lately and I have to say that knowing more about Darwin's personal life, his struggles with his wife's belief for example, gives me more of an insight into why he wrote the way he did. If you think scientists always do science in a vacuum, you'd be wrong. Who influenced the writing (peers), what else was known at the time a particular bit of science was done, how to this person get in a position to make such and such discovery, etc.? It's all interesting to me. How did Darwin end up on the HMS Beagle? Check out this link:

http://www.aboutdarwin.com/voyage/voyage02.html

All cool stuff, IMHO.

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 03:34:00 UTC | #422995