Posts tagged ‘Darwin’

October 15, 2012

Making Sense of Evolution

A clear and concise explanation of why evolution makes sense, by QualiaSoup.

September 21, 2012

Alfred Russel Wallace Statue Commissioned

News Release from The Wallace Memorial Fund:

Discoverer of Natural Selection to finally get his statue (albeit 100 years late)

Statue of Alfred Russel Wallace to be commissioned for the Natural History Museum, 100 years after the project was scuppered by the First World War.

Alfred Russel Wallace was one of the greatest scientists of the nineteenth century and when he passed away aged 90 in November 1913 plans were soon underway to commemorate his remarkable life. Fundraising began for a statue to be displayed at the Natural History Museum in London, but within a few months this was scuppered by the outbreak of the First World War and the project had to be abandoned.

One-hundred years on, the Wallace Memorial Fund has been revived and is attempting to raise £50,000 GBP to commission a life-sized bronze statue which it will donate to the Natural History Museum. It would be unveiled on 7th November 2013, to commemorate the centenary of Wallace’s death. The piece would be sculpted by Anthony Smith; a zoology graduate-turned sculptor, who in 2009 created an acclaimed statue of Charles Darwin for Cambridge University.

The Wallace Fund has already received a generous donation of £10,000 GBP, but it needs to raise the remaining £40,000 GBP in just four months, in order to give the sculptor enough time to produce the work for the November 2013 unveiling.

British comedian Bill Bailey, the Wallace Memorial Fund’s Patron, who is a long-time admirer of Wallace, appealed to everyone who loves natural history and science for donations. “Wallace was a maverick genius who deserves much greater recognition for his brilliant discoveries.” He continues, “The statue will be seen by many of the 4.5 million people who visit the museum each year and it will help raise awareness of this extraordinary man.”

Bill Bailey at the Natural History Museum, London, with a painting of Wallace and some of Wallace’s specimens (© Janet Beccaloni).

Bill at the Natural History Museum, London, with a painting of Wallace
and some of Wallace’s specimens. © Janet Beccaloni

The Natural History Museum is planning a big celebration of Wallace’s life and scientific legacy called Wallace100 ( which will be launched in January 2013. Wallace100 will culminate with the unveiling of the statue in November. Many other museums and other organisations worldwide are also planning Wallace events; with conferences in London, New York, Mexico, Gibraltar and Sarawak, Malaysia; museum exhibitions in London, Oxford, Wales, the Netherlands, Singapore and Australia; plus several books; and at least one TV documentary.

For more information about the statue, including details of how to donate, visit the Wallace Fund’s website:

June 7, 2012

Inspired by Darwin

Set up by the Charles Darwin Trust (which was created by Darwin’s descendants), Darwin Inspired is an educational resource for teachers and children. From the website:

"Down House, Kent. 23 Aug, 2006"

Charles Darwin’s home – Down House, Kent. 23 Aug, 2006

The Charles Darwin Trust uses the intellectual and cultural heritage of Darwin, through his approach to science and his work at Down House and in the immediate countryside, to inspire a deeper understanding of the natural world.

We aim to:

  • promote a real understanding of the natural world to ensure that biodiversity and life on earth survive
  • improve and extend science literacy and the understanding of science
  • use Darwin Inspired teaching and learning to promote excellence in science education
  • enhance the understanding of Darwin’s historical and contemporary significance.
We achieve this through research and development of Darwin Inspired education materials, and through developing programmes for teachers and schools. These programmes are delivered through collaboration with major organisations and at Down House.
We aspire to improve public access on the web to the whole Darwin heritage. We are playing a leading role, with English Heritage and the Natural History Museum, in developing proposals for collaboration between all the main holders of Darwin material.
 There are resources for teachers (for students 7 year olds and up) as well as student resources. And don’t forget to subscribe the their blog.
August 15, 2010

Darwin’s Universe

The NCSE is providing a link to a free preview of Richard Milner’s book, Darwin’s Universe:

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Richard Milner’s Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z (University of California Press, 2009). Featured are articles on the pioneering paleontologist Barnum Brown and the creationist crusader William Jennings Bryan, the Clever Hans phenomenon, Answers in Genesis’s Creation Museum, the Darwin Correspondence Project, feathered dinosaurs, extinction, Stephen Jay Gould, the Hawaiian radiation of honeycreepers and fruit flies, the Laetoli footprints, saltation and Darwin’s Sandwalk, uniformitarianism, and Alfred Russel Wallace — together displaying the variety and charm of Milner’s encyclopedia. Reviewing Darwin’s Universe for Reports of the NCSE, Carol Anelli described it as “anything but a somber, run-of-the-mill encyclopedia of alphabetically arranged entries … at once an eclectic romp and an illuminating vade mecum for anyone interested in evolutionary science and Darwin’s pervasive influence on human thought, behavior, and endeavor.”

April 9, 2010

“Dr Kiki” Interviews Karen James of The Beagle Project

Dr. Kirsten Sanford (Dr. Kiki) talks with Dr. Karen James, Director of Science for HMS Beagle Project.

This video begins with a reading of one of Charles Darwin’s letters to his sister Caroline on the earthquake in Chile.

March 20, 2010

Darwin and the Tree of Life (with subtitles)

Now and again I need a dose of Darwin…and David Attenborough:

February 21, 2010

In Darwin’s Footsteps–Tahiti

A late update from the VPRO Beagle Voyage, February 3, 2010:

Anthony Smith and John van Wyhe take a walk in the footsteps of Darwin on Tahiti, with Darwins notes on geology, banana trees, and eels. John van Whye is a scientific historian at the University of Singapore and also the man behind Darwin Online.

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