Still Controversial After All These Years: Charles Darwin
Happy Darwin Day! Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, (no, this does not equal deification, don’t be silly) and 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, On The Origin of Species.
Controversy aside, Darwin’s theory, as simple as it was, was truly one of the greatest and most revolutionary ideas in science. The theory has evolved itself since it’s original introduction, as science tends to do since we increase in knowledge a lot more often then we decrease in knowledge; Darwin, after all, did not know about genes or DNA. But, as few other scientific concepts do, his basic idea gets stronger, not weaker, with each succeeding discovery. Quite astounding!
I was going to write a nice little essay for Darwin Day. But … well, you know. One of those weeks. Instead, I will link to Richard Dawkin’s great review of Jerry Coyne’s wonderful book, Why Evolution is True.