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100 1  Costa, James T.,|d1963-|eauthor. 
245 10 Darwin's backyard  :|bhow small experiments led to a big 
       theory /|cJames T. Costa. 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York :|bW.W. Norton & Company,|c2017. 
300    xviii, 441 pages :|billustrations ;|c25 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    "Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, 
       for home, school, yard, or garden."--Jacket flap. 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages [379]-418) and 
       index. 
505 0  Origins of an experimentiser -- Experimentising: going to 
       seed -- Barnacles to barbs -- Experimentising: doing your 
       barnacles -- Untangling the bank -- Experimentising: a 
       taste for botany -- Buzzing places -- Experimentising: 
       bees' cells and bubbles -- A grand game of chess -- 
       Experimentising: getting around -- The sex lives of plants
       -- Experimentising: Darwinian encounters of the floral 
       kind -- It bears on design -- Experimentising: 
       orchidelirium -- Plants with volition -- Experimentising: 
       Feed me, Seymour! -- Crafty and sagacious climbers -- 
       Experimentising: Seek and ye shall find -- Earthworm 
       serenade -- Experimentising: Get thee to a wormery. 
520    A portrait of Darwin as an inveterate experimenter 
       describes how he used his home, garden, and the 
       surrounding woodlands as a field station where he 
       conducted hands-on experiments to test his ideas for the 
       theory of evolution. 
520    "James T. Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's 
       childhood through his voyage on the HMS Beagle where his 
       ideas on evolution began. We then follow Darwin to Down 
       House, his bustling home of forty years, where he kept 
       porcupine quills at his desk to dissect barnacles, 
       maintained a flock of sixteen pigeon breeds in the 
       dovecote, and cultivated climbing plants in the study, and
       to Bournemouth, where on one memorable family vacation he 
       fed carnivorous plants in the soup dishes. Using his 
       garden and greenhouse, the surrounding meadows and 
       woodlands, and even taking over the cellar, study, and 
       hallways of his home-turned-field-station, Darwin tested 
       ideas of his landmark theory of evolution with an 
       astonishing array of hands-on experiments that could be 
       done on the fly, without specialized equipment. He engaged
       naturalists, friends, neighbors, family servants, and even
       his children, nieces, nephews, and cousins as assistants 
       in these experiments, which involved everything from 
       chasing bees and tempting fish to eat seeds to serenading 
       earthworms. From the experiments' results, he plumbed the 
       laws of nature and evidence for the revolutionary 
       arguments of On the Origin of Species and his other 
       watershed works. Beyond Darwin at work, we accompany him 
       against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic 
       illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in 
       scientific revelation. This unique glimpse of Darwin's 
       life introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd
       -sourcer, family man, and, most of all, an incorrigible 
       observer and experimenter."--Jacket flap. 
600 10 Darwin, Charles,|d1809-1882|xHomes and haunts. 
600 10 Darwin, Charles,|d1809-1882|xKnowledge and learning. 
600 10 Darwin, Charles,|d1809-1882|xChildhood and youth. 
610 20 Down House (Bromley, London, England) 
650  0 Evolution (Biology)|xHistory. 
650  0 Natural history|xExperiments|vHandbooks, manuals, etc. 
655  7 Handbooks and manuals.|2lcgft 
655  7 Biographies.|2lcgft 
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994    92|bCKE 

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