The Evolution of Charles Darwin


An award-winning episode of Ideas that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Darwin's "The Origin of Species".  On November 24th, 1859, a new book with a very long title was published in England: " On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle For Life" The author was: "Charles Darwin, M.A.; Fellow of the Royal, (the) Geological, ETC., Societies; and author of "Journal of Researches during H.M.S. Beagle's Voyage around the World"

At the time Darwin wrote: "The Origin of Species is no doubt the chief work of my life. It has been translated into almost every European tongue,even into such languages as Spanish, Bohemian, Polish, and Russian. I have heard it said that the success of a work abroad is the best test of its enduring value. I doubt whether this is at all trustworthy; but judged by this standard my name ought to last for a few years."

It actually lasted much longer than Darwin himself anticipated. That Book - 'The Origin of Species' - was earth shattering. In his own day, when he wrote those words, and even now, in our own. Darwin showed us how and why all life is change; that nothing stays the same; that over time all living things adapt and evolve, or Perish; and that above all, this is a Natural Process , not the result of Divine Intervention. Darwin's theory - of evolution through Natural Selection - completely changed the way we see the world.

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