Jul 04, 2020
The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms with Observations on Their Habits
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This is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally importanThis is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

  • Title: The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms with Observations on Their Habits
  • Author: Charles Darwin
  • ISBN: 9781426472749
  • Page: 189
  • Format: paper
  • The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms with Observations on Their Habits This is a pre historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digiti

    Richard Carter

    Charles Darwin describing an earthworm taking a crap A worm after swallowing earth, whether for making its burrow or for food, soon comes to the surface to empty its body The ejected earth is thoroughly mingled with the intestinal secretions, and is thus rendered viscid After being dried it sets hard I have watched worms during the act of ejection, and when the earth was in a very liquid state it was ejected in little spurts, and when not so liquid by a slow peristaltic movement It is not cast i [...]


    Vít Baisa

    I learnt about this work from R Dawkins and was quite courious what Darwin had to tell us about those ubiquitous creatures earth worms Darwin was an expert on long term phenomena he discovered evolution and was fascinated by tectonics This is another phenomenon worms forming mould, changing rocks into a fertile fields in span of many years and centuries.This work is not an easy reading as it includes a lots of sometimes boring facts about worms, their habits, their influence on shaping grounds a [...]


    Elliott Bignell

    This is one of Darwin s obscure works, and as such I think it gives a special measure of the man s calibre as a scientist and observer On the one hand, it is all of a piece with his Lyellian gradualism to show what lowly earthworms can achieve across millennia of small scale vomiting On the other hand, it shows Darwin s thoroughness and mastery of method in even the lowliest of details, drawing on accounts of giant earthworms from foreign explorers, observations of leaf consumption in pots of e [...]


    Anthony Peter

    I like Darwin viz my interest in Stephen Jay Gould , and I found this, the first of his books I ve read, enjoyable in spite of what I confess as the tediousness of scientific precision tiresome to read, but entirely admirable in conscientious thoroughness Also a tribute to the loyalty and dedication of Darwin s sons who are recorded as doing a lot of fieldwork and measurement for him, and to the extended Wedgwood and Darwin families whose houses clearly often accommodated the old feller when he [...]


    Bonnie Lee

    I loved this book As I read, my respect for Darwin s curiosity and mental acumen leapt at least two AU This was his last published work and the result of than 40 years of observation of worms, worm castings and landscape He seeks to understand just how important earth worms and their waste product are to our soil and, along the way, learns that worms are rather remarkable Makes me want to re visit another great book about a different worm C Elegans.


    Sarathea

    Wow This is a perfect book for those who have moved beyond Mary Applehof s Worms Eat My Trash Also, a great book for the avid amateur vermiculturist In fact, if you are really into worms, parts of this book will make you laugh aloud and say, Ha Yes I Have seen them do that If you read it in public, people give you funny looks But I suppose it s better than reading Mein Kampf in public.


    Sarathea

    Wow This is a perfect book for those who have moved beyond Mary Applehof s Worms Eat My Garbage Also, a great book for the avid amateur vermiculturist In fact, if you are really into worms, parts of this book will make you laugh aloud and say, Ha Yes I Have seen them do that If you read it in public, people give you funny looks But I suppose it s better than reading Mein Kampf in public.


    Elanna

    Fascinating and, someway, poetic.For what I know, it was Darwin s last work Of course it is a technical essay, stuffed with calculations and descriptions of experiments, but it transmits the wonder Darwin felt in front of nature, the same way On The Origin of Species does.Actually, it was one of the first scientific works to prove the fundamental role of earthworms in nature.


    Anna

    Lots of little experiments discussed in text mostly rather than tables , but the conclusions drawn were pretty fascinating Also, it s just neat that Darwin chose to focus some of his last efforts on worms.


    Jef

    Interesting to read Sometimes it reads like a detective when he tries to find out certain facts It makes me wonder how true his findings have turned out to be, if any further examination has been done that is.


    D

    Really enjoyed it I have looked a bit to find other writers who have embraced the humble earth worm but no luck yet If you are interested in starting a worm bin this will give you of the science of worms rather than the care of worms I found the book fascinating.


    Rachel

    While this was a very interesting read, it was very specialist in its subject matter and used a lot of specific terminology My copy lacked diagrams which would have made the subject easier to understand.


    Wolfram

    One of the most amazing books I have I picked up a first edition for 20 bucks in the Chicago Airport.


    Valerie

    My copy doesn t have the fancy cover I particularly liked the image of Darwin shouting at worms to test whether they could hear him.


    Ryan

    Engaging and full of interesting anecdotes Darwin was an startlingly patient and thoughtful observer of nature Highly recommended for any gardeners out there.



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