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Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory

Author: James T Costa
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James T Costa
ISBN: 9780393239898 0393239896
OCLC Number: 959869358
Notes: "Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for home, school, yard, or garden."--Jacket.
Awards: Long-listed for AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books 2018
Description: xviii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: James T. Costa.
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