One of the world's most influential scientists would have turned 199 this week, and his work remains as volatile as ever
By Abby Seiff and John MahoneyPosted 02.14.2008 at 11:54 am 3 Comments
In 1809, exactly 199 years ago this past Tuesday, Charles Darwin was born. Fifty years later, he published The Origin of Species, arguably the most intellectually innovative and intensely disruptive single text in the history of science.
And now, here we are two centuries later: 262 days ago, the $27 million Creation Museum opened its doors; 174 days ago, a U.S. presidential candidate defended his stance against evolution; and earlier this week, the last public hearing was held by Florida's Board of Education over proposed standards to require that evolution be taught as the fundamental underpinning of biology. Clearly, Darwin and his singular theories are still under fire, but if a group of British scientists have their way, Darwins upcoming 200th birth year may be the time to begin an organized campaign to address Darwins critics with fervor.