Darwin-L Message Log 4:46 (December 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<4:46>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sun Dec 12 00:06:26 1993

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1993 01:12:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: December 12 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro


1731: ERASMUS DARWIN born at Elston Hall, near Nottingham, England.  Following
study at St. John's College, Cambridge, Darwin will establish a medical
practice at Nottingham, and then at Lichfield.  His long poem, _The Botanic
Garden_ (1789-1791), will meet with limited success, but his more substantial
_Zoonomia_ (1794-1796) will become famous for its adumbration of his grandson
Charles's later work in evolution: "Would it be too bold to imagine, that all
warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament...with the power of
acquiring new parts, attended with new propensities, directed by irritations,
sensations, volitions, and associations; and thus possessing the faculty of
continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down
those improvements to its posterity, world without end!"

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