Filed Under (Science publishing) by Mark A.-W. on 13-03-2009

In future postings on this blog, I will talk about new frontiers in science education publishing. But today I’d like to take you back to an earlier era to celebrate a previous revolution in thinking made possible by science publishing.

This year marks the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the famous English naturalist.

Charles Darwin (photo in public domain).
Charles Darwin (photo in public domain).

I’m not talking about On the Origin of Species, Darwin’s breakthrough work on natural selection.

Instead, I draw your attention to a lesser known work, The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms. In this, his final book, Darwin presented his observations on the role earthworms play in forming fertile topsoil.

The book on such a small subject met with a large reception in 1881. Thousands of copies were sold.

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