We can see Darwin´s idea evolve because on some basic level the notebook platform creates af cultivating spce for his hunches; iot is not that the notebook is a mere transcription of the ideas which is happening offstage somwhere in Darwins mind. Darwin was constantly rereding his notes, discovering new implications. His ideas emerge as a kind of duet between the present-tense-thinking brain an all thoes past observations recorded on paper. (...) As he reads through his observations a new thought begins to tage shape in his mind, which provokes a whole new set of notes tha wille only make complete sense to Darwin two years later, (...).
Commonplace books (or commonplaces) were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They became significant in Early Modern Europe."Commonplace" is a translation of the Latin term locus communis (from Greek tópos koinós, see literary topos) which means "a theme or argument of general application", such as a statement of proverbial wisdom. In this original sense, commonplace books were collections of such sayings, such as John Milton's commonplace book. Scholars have expanded this usage to include any manuscript that collects material along a common theme by an individual.Such books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and humanists as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests.