Thursday, February 11, 2010

Online Recommendations for Darwin Day

It’s Darwin’s birthday!

Linked below are a few videos, a website and a paper that I plan to enjoy today in celebration of the greatest scientist to have ever lived!

Charles Darwin (Born February 12, 1809)

"Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. "

A biographical sketch of Darwin by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online)

E.O. Wilson on ‘Darwin’s Four Great Books’ (FSU Mediasite)

Richard Dawkins on 'There is grandeur in this view of life' (YouTube)

Sean Carroll on ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ (Google Video)

Paper (Free, PDF)
Spencer C. H. Barrett. Darwin's legacy: the forms, function and sexual diversity of flowers. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B February 12, 2010 365:351-368; doi:10.1098/rstb.2009.0212

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