April 18, 2008 1:50 PM Subscribe
Cambridge University has digitized its collection of some 30,000 items and 90,000 images by Charles Darwin. The original draft of The Origin of Species, until now available only to scholars at the Cambridge University Library, is among those now online.
"This release makes his private papers, mountains of notes, experiments and research behind his world-changing publications available to the world for free," said John van Wyhe, the director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online project.
"The release of his papers online marks a revolution in the public's access to -- and hopefully appreciation of -- one of the most important collections of primary materials in the history of science," he added, describing the collection as a "treasure trove".
Along with "The Origin of Species" and other scientific papers, the collection includes photographs of him and his family, reviews of his books, newspaper clippings, as well as material revealing his home life, notably a recipe for boiling rice, inscribed in Darwin's own handwriting.
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