A chance encounter with Charles Darwin

The title page of the original first edition of <i>On the Origin of Species, 1859</i> (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

The title page of the original first edition of On the Origin of Species, 1859 (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

The day after I finished my last undergrad exam was warm and sunny — perfect for celebratory drinks on an outdoor patio. Instead, I found myself entering the quiet, cool darkness of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of...

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