"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Thursday, November 7, 2013
On July 17th, 1717 the king was so pleased with the Water Music that he ordered it to be repeated at least twice, both on the trip upstream to Chelsea and on the return, until he landed again at Whitehall.