Thursday, 12 February 2009

Darwin Day treats

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Today, of course, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (likewise Abraham Lincoln, history buffs), so to celebrate we've delved into our extensive archive to bring you a selection of New Humanist articles related to the great man, the theory of evolution and the natural world.

First up, from our current issue, are a selection of poems by Ruth Padel, Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, extracted from her book Darwin: A Life in Poems.

Next, have a read of our Dinner with Darwin feature, produced last year for the 199th anniversary. Our editor Caspar Melville interviewed Steve Jones, John van Wyhe, Jerry Coyne and James Randerson about what they would ask, tell and bring Darwin if they could meet him today.

For the same issue as Dinner with Darwin, our commissioning editor Laurie Taylor had coffee with David Attenborough, during which the broadcasting legend discussed his own life on Earth. While Attenborough is keen to stress that he is not a scientist – "I have made no discoveries" – Laurie found that even his wonderful documentaries fail to do justice to his considerable scientific and moral intelligence.

Finally, if you're still looking for more Darwin, read this interview with John van Wyhe, director of the wonderful Darwin Online project, which last year made Darwin's entire private papers availble for free on the internet. There are links to the archives in that article – a fitting website to explore on today of all days.


shishir said...

Survival of the fittest.

well if we go by Darwin we must ask the question whether his theory would survive the times when every one is after one single question :
What was the start??????????????????????????????????????