Friday, December 5, 2008

Darwin’s Britain

I thought I’d post yet another contextualizing map, this time of Darwin’s life, both professional and private. As opposed to the interactive Beagle atlas, this map provides a quick perspective on the scope of Darwin’s travels within his own country. You can click on various place names to learn more about what he accomplished, or experienced, in that particular location.

For example, have you heard of Ilkley (or Otley) in Yorkshire? Well, Darwin stayed here “taking water cure treatments when On the Origin of Species was published in November 1859.”

The map can be accessed here:

The map forms part of the Darwin200 website. The group’s mission is to celebrate Charles Darwin’s scientific ideas and their impact through a national program of events during this bicentenary year. Check out their website to see what they have planned at:

Roxanne Enman

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