How to Lose a Finger, and Other Things I Learned from Darwin's Library

It’s always a good idea to bring reading material on your trips, whether you plan to have some airport downtime or you’re spending five years floating on the ocean. When Charles Darwin departed in 1831 for his trip around the world on the HMS Beagle, he had a well-stocked library. But the collection wasn’t saved, and neither was the catalogue listing the titles.

The team behind Darwin Online, led by John van Wyhe, has been working to recreate that library. They painstakingly worked backwa

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