Today is Charles Darwin Day! Today, is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday!
Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882): WIKIPEDIA
So, when one thinks about Charles Darwin, you think about Galapagos and reptiles, huge reptiles – maybe exciting, maybe not….
BUT, I have heart something way interesting on an Austrian radio channel lately:
A descendant of Lieutenant John Lort Stokes, who accompanied Charles Darwin on his voyage around the world aboard HMS Beagle, is planning to rebuild the famous ship. David Lort-Philips, a scientist from Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, and his partner, commercial yacht master Peter McGrath, have started the Beagle Project Pembrokeshire. They are working on the ￡3,300,000 plan to recreate a full-size version of HMS Beagle. Mr. Lort-Phillips plans on having the ship ready by 2009 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. Construction is expected to take about 14 months to complete. If the funds are raised, the new Beagle will be built by shipwrights in Milford Haven.
I whish I could join this! I have also found a couple of cool Darwin links on their blog, for the Darwin fans! ;_) Enjoy, I will see you on the Beagle! Best,
DARWIN DAY links (from http://thebeagleproject.blogspot.com/)
- Darwin’s Galapagos under threat, according to the BBC. (I’d like to think it’s the Galapagosians Galapagos.)
- Science News for Kids treats us to an essay on Darwin, but didn’t mention that as a kid he spent a lot of time doing amateur chemistry in a garden shed, blowing stuff up and getting the nickname ‘Gas’.
- The Guardian publishes an interactive video.
- The Telegraph gives us a canter through Darwin’s life in The Man behind the theory of evolution.
- The Times tried to be funny with If Charles Darwin were alive today he’d be Simon Cowell (TV talent shows bring analogous to evolution, you see). It also celebrates the other hero of the piece (Beagle!) with a feature on The Coffin Brig that sailed round the world. The Times also celebrates Charles Darwin the meteorologist (at which I am sure Captain Robert FitzRoy would raise an eyebrow).
- The New York Times writes of "The unconventional force of his great idea" (registration reuired)
- Scientific American airs their Darwin Day special podcast.
- Michael Goldfarb in the Global Post starts his piece with pics of the mockingbirds and a great write up of the Darwin exhibition at the Natural History Museum, saying if you read one thing on Darwin….