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Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory, James T. Costa

Label
Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory
Title
Darwin's backyard
Title remainder
how small experiments led to a big theory
Statement of responsibility
James T. Costa
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"James T. Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's childhood through his voyage on the HMS Beagle where his ideas on evolution began. We then follow Darwin to Down House, his bustling home of forty years, where he kept porcupine quills at his desk to dissect barnacles, maintained a flock of sixteen pigeon breeds in the dovecote, and cultivated climbing plants in the study, and to Bournemouth, where on one memorable family vacation he fed carnivorous plants in the soup dishes. Using his garden and greenhouse, the surrounding meadows and woodlands, and even taking over the cellar, study, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station, Darwin tested ideas of his landmark theory of evolution with an astonishing array of hands-on experiments that could be done on the fly, without specialized equipment. He engaged naturalists, friends, neighbors, family servants, and even his children, nieces, nephews, and cousins as assistants in these experiments, which involved everything from chasing bees and tempting fish to eat seeds to serenading earthworms. From the experiments' results, he plumbed the laws of nature and evidence for the revolutionary arguments of On the Origin of Species and his other watershed works. Beyond Darwin at work, we accompany him against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. This unique glimpse of Darwin's life introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd-sourcer, family man, and, most of all, an incorrigible observer and experimenter."--Jacket flap
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Costa, James T.
Dewey number
576.8/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH31.D2
LC item number
.C668 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Down House (Bromley, London, England)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Natural history
Label
Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory, James T. Costa
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for home, school, yard, or garden."--Jacket flap
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-418) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Origins of an experimentiser -- Experimentising: going to seed -- Barnacles to barbs -- Experimentising: doing your barnacles -- Untangling the bank -- Experimentising: a taste for botany -- Buzzing places -- Experimentising: bees' cells and bubbles -- A grand game of chess -- Experimentising: getting around -- The sex lives of plants -- Experimentising: Darwinian encounters of the floral kind -- It bears on design -- Experimentising: orchidelirium -- Plants with volition -- Experimentising: Feed me, Seymour! -- Crafty and sagacious climbers -- Experimentising: Seek and ye shall find -- Earthworm serenade -- Experimentising: Get thee to a wormery
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 441 pages
Isbn
9780393239898
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017017865
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn959869358
  • (OCoLC)959869358
  • 950093
Label
Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory, James T. Costa
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for home, school, yard, or garden."--Jacket flap
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-418) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Origins of an experimentiser -- Experimentising: going to seed -- Barnacles to barbs -- Experimentising: doing your barnacles -- Untangling the bank -- Experimentising: a taste for botany -- Buzzing places -- Experimentising: bees' cells and bubbles -- A grand game of chess -- Experimentising: getting around -- The sex lives of plants -- Experimentising: Darwinian encounters of the floral kind -- It bears on design -- Experimentising: orchidelirium -- Plants with volition -- Experimentising: Feed me, Seymour! -- Crafty and sagacious climbers -- Experimentising: Seek and ye shall find -- Earthworm serenade -- Experimentising: Get thee to a wormery
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 441 pages
Isbn
9780393239898
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017017865
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn959869358
  • (OCoLC)959869358
  • 950093

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