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  • Charles Darwin, Geologist


  • The Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress celebrated the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth with a lecture by Sandra Herbert, one of the world's leading authorities on Darwin. She discussed her book "Charles Darwin, Geologist," which explores how geology changed Darwin and how Darwin changed science. In "Charles Darwin, Geologist," Herbert provides a fresh perspective on the life and accomplishments of Darwin, who was born on Feb. 12, 1809 (the same day as Abraham Lincoln) and whose thoughts and theories about the natural world hold true today -- 150 years after the publication of his "On the Origins of Species by Means of Natural Selection" (London, J. Murray, 1859). While Darwin is best known for his voyage on the HMS Beagle, his study of finches on the Galapagos, and his theory of evolution, he had wider interests in the field of science, including geology. According to Herbert, "In the 19th century, geology attracted persons of imagination, like Darwin, because of its promise of knowledge of the distant past." Herbert shows how Darwin's study of geology and his developing ideas about geological systems profoundly shaped his creative insight and scientific methods as he worked toward an understanding of evolution and natural selection. "Charles Darwin, Geologist," written largely at the Library of Congress, won the Geological Society of America's Mary C. Rabbitt Award, the American Historical Association's George L. Mosse Prize and the History of Science Society's Levinson Prize for Historical Work in the Life Sciences as well as the Albion Book Prize given by the North American Conference on British Studies.


  • Library of Congress
  • Library of Congress. Science, Technology, and Business Division, sponsoring body

Created / Published

  • Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 2009-02-18.


  • -  Biography, History
  • -  Education
  • -  Science, Technology
  • -  Technology, Industry


  • -  Classification: Education.
  • -  Classification: General Works.
  • -  Classification: Geography, Anthropology, Recreation.
  • -  Classification: History: America.
  • -  Classification: Science.
  • -  Sandra Hebert.
  • -  Recorded on 2009-02-18.
  • -  Kids, Families.
  • -  Researchers.


  • 1 online resource

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  • 2021688187

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  • video
  • image

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Library Of Congress, and Technology Library Of Congress. Science. Charles Darwin, Geologist. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -02-18, 2009. Video.

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Library Of Congress & Library Of Congress. Science, T. (2009) Charles Darwin, Geologist. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -02-18. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Library Of Congress, and Technology Library Of Congress. Science. Charles Darwin, Geologist. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -02-18, 2009. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.