"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, March 9, 2017
July 20, 1969.
On July 20, 1969 I was 20 years old when from my Chicago basement apartment I watched Neil Armstrong take his 1st steps on the moon. It was a big deal. Never been done before. What I watched was in black and white and it looked grainy. The entire world was watching the same thing. America despite the odds accomplished President Kennedy's goal he made in 1961 to land an American safely on the moon by the end of the decade.
It looked tense near the end of the landing. Armstrong was running out of fuel and it took him a while to find a safe place to land.
"We choose to go to the Moon!We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things,not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win."