NSF celebrates the Origin sesquicentennial


Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's On the Origin of Species — a new on-line resource from the National Science Foundation — debuts in celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of Darwin's seminal work. According to a November 23, 2009, press release from the NSF, the website explains how the Origin "cut an intellectual swath through anthropology, biology, the geosciences, polar sciences and even astronomy, and why it likely will continue to serve as the organizing framework for the sciences into perpetuity."

The website offers "a multi-disciplinary one-stop-shop of resources on evolution and Darwin himself that are available nowhere else — including eye-catching graphics; captivating interviews and essays by a team of international evolutionary experts [including NCSE Supporter Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, discussing "Human Evolution's Winding Path" and concluding that "Darwin got it mostly right"]; fast-read texts; a timeline that neatly summarizes major intellectual and technological achievements that advanced our understanding of evolution; and downloadable documents."