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Tuesday Quote: 2

For my second quote, I’ve come up with another innovator, a man whose impact on the world and on science is second to none.

“As a child, I often wrote deliberate nonsense to surprise others”

-Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin 1809-1882

 

Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) is simply described as a naturalist, geologist, and evolutionist who developed a theory of evolution to explain biological change. A remarkable man, he was:

  • best known for his contribution to the science of evolution
  • who established that all species of life descended overtime from common ancestors
  • His writings included the iconic book ‘On the Origin of Species’ (1859), which explains the diversity of life, also known as biodiversity, plus the variability of life on Earth, which he called Natural Selection.

Natural Selection was the key mechanism of evolution, which explains the change of heritable traits of a population over time.

Most of what he observed and wrote was from his experiences on the HMS Beagle, a 10 gun brig-sloop of the British Royal Navy. On her second voyage, HMS Beagle took a young naturalist, known as Charles Darwin, on her round the world voyage, in which he determined his scientific theories on evolution. She is therefore regarded as one of the most famous ships in history.

Darwin himself wrote several other books, including The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

He is regarded as one of the most influential figures in human history, and is buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England. 🙂

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Tuesday Quote

I have decided to run a quote day every week until Christmas. Tuesday is one of those neither here nor there days (too far away from last weekend, not near enough to next weekend), so it makes an ideal quote day. So, Christmas is 13 weeks away (yes, really), so I have 13 quotes to share with you…:)

Let’s start off with one of my favorite quotes by the great Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790):

“What good shall I do this day?”

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Benjamin Franklin

A good first choice, Franklin was known as The First American for his fearless campaigns for colonial unity. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and was an inventor, scientist, statesman, politician, leading author and a Freemason to boot.

His inventions included – bifocal glasses; the urinary catheter; and the Franklin stove. He was also a leading figure in the discovery of electricity (see image).Wikipedia

A very gifted individual, who quite rightly deserves first quote day 🙂

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