Charles Darwin as a prospective geological author

  title={Charles Darwin as a prospective geological author},
  author={Sandra Herbert},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={159 - 192}
  • S. Herbert
  • Published 1 June 1991
  • Art
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
On occasion Charles Darwin can seem our scientific contemporary, for the subjects he engaged remain engaging today, but in his role as author he belongs to the past. It is not customary today for scientists to write book after book, as Darwin did, or for these books to serve as the primary vehicle of scientific communication. For Darwin, however, the book was central. He wrote at least eighteen, depending on what one counts; in his Autobiography he entitled the section describing his most… 
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