Darwin Unbuttoned

Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836–1844: Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries

transcribed and edited by Paul H. Barrett and Peter J. Gautrey and Sandra Herbert and David Kohn and Sydney Smith

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin Volume 3: 1844–1846

edited by Frederick Burkhardt, edited by Sydney Smith
Sir Peter Medawar once described the scientific paper as a fraud. His point was not that the scientific paper misrepresents nature (though of course it may), but rather that it misrepresents science. Typically, a scientific paper presents a formal and highly idealized account of research, written according to a set …