Darwin's life and his contribution to science
By Tom Siegfried, 19:39 PM January 16, 2009
Charles Darwin was born into a world that today’s scientists wouldn’t recognize.
When baby Darwin arrived on February 12, 1809, modern science was also in its infancy. Dalton had just recently articulated the modern theory of the chemical atom, but nobody had any idea what atoms were really like. Physicists had not yet heard of the conservation of energy or any other laws of thermodynamics. Faraday hadn’t yet shown how to make electricity from magnetism, and no one had a clue about light’s e...
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