Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Darwin Correspondence Project: Darwin-Hooker Letters

A recent press release by the University of Cambridge states that the 40-year friendship of Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker, the most significant and scientifically important of Darwin’s life, can now be explored by anyone in the world with access to the Internet.

Their decades of correspondence include Darwin’s most famous letter, where he first cautiously reveals not only that he thinks species change, but also that he has worked out a completely new theory as to how. Giving voice to such a theory, he admits, is like ‘confessing a murder’.

The 1,200 letters between Darwin and Hooker, 300 of which have not been published before, are being made available in more than 5,000 images by Cambridge’s Digital Library (http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/) - which launched to millions of ‘hits’ with the online publication of Isaac Newton’s archive in 2011.

For more information, and links to selected letters see: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwin-hooker-letters.

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