Friday, February 13, 2009

Belated 200th, Charles Darwin 

On the 12th of this month, the world celebrated the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, one of the greatest scientists ever and the father of the biological sciences as we know it. Contrary to what creationists would have you believe, Darwin's theories have actually gained strength the more we know and understand the natural world. Here is Nicholas Wade on the influence Darwin's work still carries, and Olivia Judson on Darwin the man.

At ISB, we celebrated by screening a TED Talk with Steven Pinker. Here's another relevant one -- James Watson on how he and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA.