I had to write a second post today since it slipped my blogging mind that it is Charles Darwin's 200th birthday! It's Darwin Day in the UK and The Guardian has some Darwin-related videos up.
In honor of Darwin this year, I am going to finally stop procrastinating and will read On the Origin of Species. I found a beautiful illustrated version that includes some of his sketches and journal entries from the Beagle voyage along with beautiful color photographs. He didn't formalize his theory in this book until he was 50 years old. As a science student, Darwin always amazed me in the sheer variety of topics he was able to study and understand -- geology, zoology, biology and botany to name a few. He was dedicated to study and learning and his impact on science is undeniable. The world is a better place for having had him in it.
Happy birthday Mr. Darwin,
(And no slouch himself, today is also Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday.)
Buy On the Origin of Species: The Illustrated Edition on Amazon or find it at your local library.