Tag Archives: origin of species

Charles Darwin on the family tree of languages

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.

Darwin in plain English?

In which I attempt to rewrite the wonderful final paragraph of ‘On the Origin of Species’ using only the 1,000 most common English words.

Hats off to Tegetmeier!

Today marks the 196th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite mini-heroes of science, W.B. Tegetmeier.

Whewell sets the right tone

William Whewell disagrees with Darwin, but doesn't dismiss him out of hand.

Ideal Darwin groupie Christmas present

Amusing note left for my partner Jen.

What do you mean, you've never read 'On the Origin of Species'?

If you consider yourself a Darwin groupie, or simply 'well-read', yet you still haven't read 'On the Origin of Species', why not make today's 150th anniversary of its publication the perfect excuse to start reading the damn thing?

Contemplating a tangled bank

Darwin's tangled bank was most surely in Blighty!

Erm... I think not

Minor howler on Darwinian fridge magnet shock!

Darwin puts pen to paper

Charles Darwin begins work on 'On the Origin of Species'.

'Every body is interested in pigeons'

On the first reviewer of Origin of Species, Whitwell Elwin.