Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!
Although Darwin’s birthday is on the 12th of February, it is he who has given the greatest of gifts. His theory of natural selection enabled a profound shift in our understanding of the world and its multitude of lifeforms. It is indeed far-reaching, perhaps even beyond his own imagination. And the theory has the benefit of being comprehensible—while the details of evolutionary processes involve incredible complexity, the underlying principle is relatively simple, beautiful even. And so, let’s take a few moments to offer our gratitude to a man who did so much to advance scientific understanding of this magnificent universe.