“During my last year at Cambridge, I read with care and profound interest Humboldt’s ‘Personal Narrative.’ This work, and Sir J. Herschel’s ‘Introduction to the Study of Natural Philosophy,’ stirred up in me a burning zeal to add even the most humble contribution to the noble structure of Natural Science. No one or a dozen other books influenced me nearly so much as these two.”
Charles Darwin, from the Autobiographical Chapter in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, edited by Francis Darwin, John Murray, 1888, p. 55. Volume available in the Biodiversity Heritage Library
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