Charles Darwin as Experimenter: One of many Reasons to Remember him at 2009

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The paper is divided into three parts. First, Darwin's contribution is briefly reviewed, by considering the thoughts of some of his critics, from his own time to today. Secondly, Darwin's creativity and precision as an experimenter are illustrated through a consideration of a series of experiments on mentation in earthworms. Finally, an Adelaide connexion is discussed, for the light it sheds on the reception of Darwin's greatest work.

Keywords: CHARLES DARWIN; EARTHWORMS; EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN; RICHARD HANSON

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • In 2004, the South Australian Museum and the Royal Society of South Australia became partners in Southern Scientific Press. This led to the amalgamation of their two professional journals. The Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia now incorporates the Records of the South Australian Museum.
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia deals with natural history relating to South Australia
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