Happy birthday, Galileo!

Galileo Galilei, born 15 Feb 1564, has been described as the “Father of Modern Science”. His observations helped provide important evidence for the heliocentric theory and to destroy the Aristotelian notion of the “unchanging perfection of the heavens”. He also promoted the idea that the laws of nature are mathematical in nature. His rejection of philosophical and religious authority in favour of experimental results helped to separate science from philosophy and theology.
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Darwin Day 2009

Charles Darwin revolutioned the study of natural history when he published his major book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life on November 24, 1859, at the age of 50. Today, meanwhile, is the 200th anniversary of his birth. To help celebrate Darwin’s birthday, I might have, say, blogged about this major book, but someone much more qualified than me has just done that.

So, instead, I’m going to start blogging one of Darwin’s other major books, The Voyage of the Beagle (published as Journals and Researches), chapter by chapter. There are 21 chapters and I’ll be aiming for one every second day, but we’ll see how that goes. I’ll post the first one this afternoon.