The Greatest Show on Earth

A quick Happy Darwin Day! (Charles Darwin was born on this day in 1809, same day as Abraham Lincoln, two greats and one date to remember. Though only one gets a public holiday, the other we have to make do with our own.)

 

Since I can’t even manage to sing Happy Birthday in tune, we can celebrate with Symphony of Science’s Greatest Show on Earth instead.

 

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this weekend the Center of Inquiry has some fun ideas to play with.

 

Or if he’s one of those famous names you keep meaning to get around to reading (I’ve got a lot of those myself) Darwin online is digital source of most of his major writings and personal papers so they’ll be handy. Illustrations included, that’s always important. Many of these (not all the papers) are also available on Project Gutenberg. Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin’s Bulldog (and I’m inclined to say a better writer) also has a fine showing there.

 

I also found out you can download origin of species as an audiobook for free from librivox! I wasn’t even aware there was a site for public domain audiobooks. Good times for car trips. Happy hunting!

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