As historians of science are forever reminding us (although nobody listens to those killjoys), we enter dangerous territory when we start to discuss the ‘first’ person to do X, the ‘lone genius’ who invented Y, or the ‘Father of’ Great Idea Z.
In ‘On the Origin of Species’, Darwin hypothesises that the family tree of languages must closely reflect the family tree of the different races of mankind that speak them.
As we all know, absolutely everything has a Charles Darwin connection. As golf's 143rd Open Championship tees off in my native Wirral, I find evidence of its Darwin connection on display.
Lots of minority groups like to claim Darwin as one of their own. Usually, as in the case of Darwin's supposed left-handedness, it's just wishful thinking.
On Charles Darwin's horrific mistreatment of books.
Sir Francis Darwin's reminiscences about his father include an amusing passage describing Charles Darwin's approach to reading German.
Towards the end of her second voyage, HMS Beagle called at the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. Darwin took the opportunity to visit the grave of St Helena's most famous former occupant (and prisoner), Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, will look at the women represented on banknotes by the end of July.
My considered, and totally unbiased thoughts on who should replace Darwin on the £10 note.