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Happy Darwin Day!

Posted on Thursday, 12th Feb 2009 at 12:40
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Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Erasmus Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

The fact that all life is interconnected in the great bush of common descent is an amazing and humbling concept, and one of the most profound scientific discoveries of the age. Origin is a wonderfully-written book, drawing together a dozen different lines of evidence, and anticipating and rebutting many arguments that might be made against his theory. It's excellently readable, and really leaves little doubt about its correctness; Darwin may not have been the greatest genius ever to live, but he was probably the finest science write of his generation (and it didn't hurt that he spent 30 years polishing the manuscript, rather than publish and offend people).

If you've not read it already, you really ought to; it's even available free online.

Anyway, have a wonderful day, everyone.


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180milehug at 2009-02-14 07:05 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know he published it on his birthday!
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