For the summer we suggest a cruise aboard the English brig Beagle in the company of 22-year-old Charles Darwin. His curiosity for all forms of life and the enthusiasm that accompanies his daily discoveries of unsuspected realities will infect you and you will read the travel diary that inspired the theory of evolution with the same curiosity and the same enthusiasm.
In reality, the young Darwin did not leave in the summer but set sail from Devonport on the 27th of the cold December 1831. Under the command of Captain Fitz Roy, the expedition had the purpose of completing the survey of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, inspecting the coasts of Chile, Peru, and some Pacific islands, and performing a series of longitude measurements around the world.
The five years on the Beagle allowed Darwin to accumulate an enormous amount of material, reflections and data – on fauna, flora, geological formations, and so on – which will be the basis of one of the fundamental stages of human thought and one of the most important scientific contributions of all time. A fascinating journey that, through the emotions described in the diary, offers the reader not only the keen look of a genius scientist but also the sense of wonder of the traveller in front of new, different worlds. The proof that being a science person does not only mean knowing how to reason on data and deduce but letting passion and curiosity become a driving force for research.
Author: Anna Lacci is a scientific popularizer and expert in environmental education and sustainability and in territory teaching. She is the author of documentaries and naturalistic books, notebooks, interdisciplinary teaching aids, and multimedia information materials.
Translation by Maria Antonietta Sessa