February 12, 2009

hudson on darwin

Olivia Hudson on Charles Darwin: β€œHe practiced a kind of ideal, dream-like science. He examined the minutiae of nature β€” shells of barnacles, pistils of flowers β€” but worked on grand themes. He corresponded with lofty men of learning, but also with farmers and pigeon breeders. He observed, questioned, experimented, constantly testing his ideas.”