At times throughout this quarter I have been amazed at the different windows of science that can all be accessed through the lens created by Charles Darwin. I’ve marveled at his contributions to the scientific fields of geology, evolution, psychology and the list goes on and on. However, this cerebral journey seems to be satisfying my need to learn about the man who revolutionized the way people think about science.
For some Darwin enthusiasts this journey of contemplation isn’t enough. Last year in honor of Darwin’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the publishing of his masterpiece On the Origin of Species a replica of the HMS Beagle set out to retrace Darwin’s footsteps. These Darwinians traveled 24,000 nautical miles in hopes of connecting with the great scientist. Their epic journey came to a close on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa and I hope they got out of it a new appreciation for Darwin. Personally I think you can get more for you money if you read his works, listen to expert opinions and develop your own opinions. The beauty of this is that most of it can be done from the comfort of your own home and when you get the chance to travel, you can trust that Darwin will be everywhere you look.