Read through 195,000 pages of Charles Darwin’s personal book collection

Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species, the defining document for our understanding of evolution, after a trip to the Galápagos Islands. But the English naturalist didn’t dream up his theory in a vacuum after seeing some birds with strange beaks. The voyage to the Pacific islands was lengthy, with much of the 5 year journey spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle. To keep him company, and to help shape his ideas, Darwin brought an extensive library of books. Now, thanks to funding from the government of Singapore and Charles Darwin University in Australia, those books can be read online.

Darwin’s collection comprised of more than 195,000 pages and covered a range of topics. Darwin brought both fiction and non-fiction to occupy his…

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