Unformatted text preview: Events like these made Darwin a household name, at least among the well-educated and the well-off. He started receiving visits from the literary and scientific stars of the day. But he was still weak and prone to bouts of illness after too much socializing, so during the next ten years he did his best to maintain his quiet, isolated life at the Down House. He focused on some of the problems that had fascinated him as a naturalist, turning away from the theorizing that dominated his Origin of Species and back to the close observation that had always satisfied him best. Research for his books, On the Various Contrivances by which Orchids are Fertilized by Insects and The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants, once again turned his workshop and now his garden into a place of constant activity. Unlike during his pigeon period, there was little carnage, a place of constant activity....
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- Fall '10
- sperm cells, close observation, ambitious book, scientific stars, Various Contrivances, pigeon period