Blog for Darwin
January 23, 2009 2 Comments
Feb 12th, 2009 is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. The impact of this man on modern science cannot be emphasized enough. We understand so much more about life on this planet because of his revolutionary ideas, and owe many of our advances in medicine, agriculture, and green technology to them.
Unfortunately, there is some confusion in the general public over the exact nature of his theories and how they have changed over the years as we gather more evidence. Darwin postulated a mechanism by which adaptation and speciation can occur, a mechanism that has been proven again and again in the lab and observed in the wild. That is no longer controversial and is essentially fact. We are, however, constantly learning and relearning how this mechanism plays out and how environment and biology are complexly intertwined.
So in honor of Darwin’s bicentennial and the sesquicentennial (150th birthday) of his seminal work, On the Origin of Species, I’ll be joining many others in blogging for Darwin on Feb 12th. I’m a bit embarrassed to reveal that I haven’t actually read any of his books, so I’ll be using this occasion to do so, and will blog about what I read. If you’re in the same boat as I am, I encourage you to do the same!
(via FYI: Science!)