Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Darwin's Notebooks

Here is a Website that contains Darwin's field notebooks and an interesting introduction to them.

A quote by Darwin from the Website: "[A naturalist] ought to acquire the habit of writing very copious notes, not all for publication, but as a guide for himself. He ought to remember Bacon's aphorism, that Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man; and no follower of science has greater need of taking precautions to attain accuracy; for the imagination is apt to run riot when dealing with masses of vast dimensions and with time during almost infinity."

This does not hold just for naturalists—I think.[1]

No further comment!

1. See also Darwin on collecting notes with the intention not to publish and Confronting Disorderly Impressions

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