happy birthday, charles!

portrait of Charles Darwin from www.victorianweb.orgCHARLES ROBERT DARWIN
February 12, 1809 to April 19, 1882

The Evolution of a Global Celebration
Darwin’s 200th Birthday will occur on February 12, 2009; it will also be the 150th Anniversary of the publication of his famous book On The Origin of Species. So, together we have time to evolve a truly International Celebration to show our appreciation for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.

Of particular interest to me is the accounts and descriptions of Darwin’s informal education. As someone who didn’t really enjoy school I find Darwin’s response heartening in the extreme.

More information at the Darwin Day Celebration site. I believe even closet intelligent designers are welcome. You can download free zipped copy of On the Origin of Species. There are other web sites about Darwin and his victorian context.

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