The man who rocked biology to its core
Two hundred years later, Charles Darwin's ideas still live on
By Tom Siegfried, 00:00 AM February 11, 2009
When the baby Charles Darwin arrived in the world, on February 12, 1809, modern science was also an infant. Chemists had begun talking about things called atoms. But nobody knew what atoms really were. Physicists didn’t know much about energy. Nobody had a clue that light was a combination of electricity and magnetism.
And biology — it was a confused mixture of folklore and superstition, waiting for someone to explain how life worked. That person was Darwin.
By the time Darwin died in 1882, ...
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