The story of one tiny creature and history's most spectacular scientific breakthrough.
First, he decides to solve the riddle of a tiny barnacle he picked up on the shores of southern Chile, the last of his Beagles specimens - the investigation takes eight years and tests his theory to the limit. Lavishly illustrated and superbly told, Darwin and the Barnacle is the fascinating story of how genius sometimes proceeds through indirection - and how one small item of curiosity contributed to history's most spectacular scientific breakthrough.
Rebecca Stott is a writer, academic and radio broadcaster. She teaches in the English Literature Department of Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge and is an affiliated scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. She has no aquarium and enjoys seafood. She lives in Cambridge and no longer dreams of barnacles.