Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Olivia Judson [New York Times] celebrates Darwin
Olivia Judson of The New York Times has begun a series of essays on Charles Darwin.
"In a week or so, the trumpets will sound, heralding the start of 18 months of non-stop festivities in honor of Charles Darwin. July 1, 2008, is the 150th anniversary of the first announcement of his discovery of natural selection, the main driving force of evolution. Since 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth (Feb. 12), as well as being the 150th anniversary of the publication of his masterpiece, "On the Origin of Species" (Nov. 24), the extravaganza is set to continue until the end of next year. Get ready for Darwin hats, t-shirts, action figures, naturally selected fireworks and evolving chocolates. Oh, and lots of books and speeches."
In case you wish to read On the Origin of Species and other material written by Darwin...
Darwin/Wallace--Michael Shermer's perspective