The Hand of Darwin

Start exploring the many layers of Darwin's thoughts and ideas. On Being has worked with Cambridge University Library to present a narrated tour of Darwin's private notebooks and hand sketches with one of the few scholars who knows it best, David Kohn!

Click on one of the thumbnails. You'll be taken to a page where you can zoom in tight on high-resolution images, listen to a scholar tell you more about why Darwin was writing the selected passages, and read the transcript of Darwin's handwriting.

Transmutation Notebook E

Metaphysical Notebook N

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has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.