Charles Darwin was a natural scientist in the 19th century, best known for his revolutionary theory of evolution. This theory was compiled with evidence from Darwin's research and published in 1859 in a book titled On the Origin of Species.
Darwin did know that his work would be important and controversial, in both scientific and religious circles. However, Darwin may not have realized how influential and popular his work would become. He did not attempt to preserve any original draft copies of the book.
The few sheets remaining in Cambridge University's collection of Darwin's manuscripts were kept because his children had drawn pictures on the blank sides.
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