Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin


I wrote a love letter to Charles Darwin over here. My title was Happy Birthday, Friend. They had to make it something more edgy.. (and slightly wrong. The term Survival of the Fittest didn’t originate with Charles, but with Herbert Spencer.) But that’s just a quibble. I loved writing this, revisiting the old haunts, and thinking about my beloved Darwins. Of course it was a love letter to Emma, too.

This has been a Darwin week. I went to a great event at the American Museum of Natural History the other night. (Moderated by one Jonathan Weiner.) The occasion was the digitizing of thousands of Darwin’s manuscripts, notebooks and papers. You can see them here and also here.dg_6_medium


Have fun browsing. Don’t forget to come up for air. And food.