Wednesday, December 15, 2010
New York Times March 28, 1860 book review of Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Here it is from the New York Times, 150 years ago.
THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES.; ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION OR THE PRESERVATION OF FAVORED RACES IN THESTRUGGLE FOR LIFE. By CHARLESS DARWIN,M.A., etc. London, JOHN MURRY: Reprint, D.APPLETON & Co.; 1860.
The author of this 1860 book review was not ready to accept Darwin's ideas.
Shall we frankly declare that, after the most deliberate consideration of Mr. Darwin's arguments, we remain unconvinced?
Today of course the New York Times loves evolution.
By NICHOLAS WADE
Published: February 9, 2009
Darwin's theory of evolution has become the bedrock of modern biology. But for most of the theory's existence since 1859, even biologists have ignored or vigorously opposed it, in whole or in part.
It is a testament to Darwin's extraordinary insight that it took almost a century for biologists to understand the essential correctness of his views.