Sailing aboard the HMS Beagle from 1833 to 1835, artist Conrad Martens kept sketchbooks of the landscapes, people, and animals the expedition encountered.
The digitization of Charles Darwin’s scientific archive is half completed. When it’s finished, the project will allow researchers and anyone who’s curious to follow the steps that brought the 19th-century naturalist to formulate his evolutionary theory.
For the five years Charles Darwin spent sailing on the HMS Beagle the budding naturalist had around 404 books for company. After the ship returned to England on October 2, 1836, the books were dispersed, only now reassembled in a digital form.
The question of how our creative forebears organized their time makes for fascinating fodder. This is the subject of Mason Currey’s 2013 book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, which RJ Andrews, of Info We Trust, has now mined to create data visualizations of the daily routines of a number of historic creative figures.