On 14 May 1856, Charles Darwin recorded in his journal that, on the advice of his friend Charles Lyell, after almost 20 years exploring the subject, he had finally begun writing a ‘sketch’ of his ideas on species.
In celebration of his 90th birthday, the BBC has released a short video of Sir David Attenborough reading from the final paragraph of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.
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 copy-edited for the 21st century.
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.
Today marks the 196th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite mini-heroes of science, W.B. Tegetmeier.
William Whewell disagrees with Darwin, but doesn't dismiss him out of hand.
Amusing note left for my partner Jen.
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?
Darwin's tangled bank was most surely in Blighty!