Chemicals in Darwin's study

Chemicals in Darwin's study

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Caption: Darwin's study. View of a variety of chemicals in Charles Darwin's (1809-1882) study at Down House, Kent, England. It was in this study that he wrote his revolutionary work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859). Darwin lived at Down House for the last 40 years of his life, and did all his major thinking and writing there. The chemicals include poisons, dyes and preservatives to allow him to study specimens, and bring them back from his travels. Darwin was also interested in geology, and some of the chemicals would have been used to test the composition of rocks and soils. Down House is now open to the public.

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