Thursday, February 12, 2009


Today we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark achievement "The Origin of Species." In the book Darwin propagated the theory of natural selection as the basis of evolution of species over time, and this has proven to be one of the greatest scientific achievements in the modern history of mankind, easily as significant as Newton's theory of gravity and Einstein's general theory of relativity. While it's true that the scientific progress of mankind is the result of the work of countless men and women of greater or lesser or no fame at all, today it is worth remembering the stunning and almost unbelievable feats that can be accomplished by a single creative, focused and disciplined mind.

UPDATED: Apparently, 150 years has not been long enough for this wacky new evolution thing to settle in American minds.

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