Cambridge University Library is releasing some 20,000 items and 90,000 images belonging to the very private Charles Darwin on darwin-online.org.uk.
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, director of the project.
“His publications have always been available in the public sphere – but these papers have until now only been accessible to scholars.”
As happy as I am to see these get released to the public (and in digital form to boot!), I’m leery of how creationists are probably already prowling through these journal pages mining for quotes they can take out of context and use against evolution in their usual dishonest method. They do it all the time.
Creationist IDiots aside, I am still very happy about this public release. It will be nice to have access to his diary pages and field notes and really see how the evidence was built up piece-by-piece, fact-by-fact, until the case made itself.