But even as a child, Darwin expressed an interest in nature.
History of the material: The Darwin family and the Pilgrim Trust presented a magnificent collection of Darwin's papers to Cambridge University Library in 1942; they were delivered after the war.
The following year, Darwin published , a lengthy, fleshed-out treatment of his ideas on evolutionary theory.
The book was an immediate bestseller and quickly set off a firestorm of controversy.
Darwin had expected no less – fear of a backlash from Britain’s religious and even scientific establishment had been the primary reason he had delayed publicizing his ideas.
Yet the concept of species adaptation was not so radical at the time.