February 14, 2013

Charles Darwin: Man of Constant Sorrow

Emily Willingham, Double X Science

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Yes, he wrote a book that became famous and stands in some minds as a testament to science or as a threat to religion or, simply, as a book presenting a thoughtful, well-observed, and detailed explication and delineation of a long-forming idea in science. But Darwin, like any of us, was more than the book or books that made him famous. He was a man who experienced many personal struggles, ranging from angst over hurting his wife by publishing his most famous work to the loss of a beloved daughter, Annie, to his own chronic and debilitating health problems in later life.

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