Archive for March, 2013
In the early 1860’s following the publication of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin in 1859, a dining club group of nine men were united by a “”devotion to science, pure and free, untrammeled by religious dogmas.” The group became known as the “X Club.”
The radical reformation of the Royal Society became their ultimate mission. With persistence, the X Club members became the prominent and powerful key players in the new emerging scientific academia during the 1870s and 1880s. The X Club re-shaped the landscape of academic discipline of science.
At Edinburgh University nearly 200 years ago, Charles Darwin found the lectures to be “incredibly dull” and the thought of surgery “haunted” him. Much has changed, since then. The originator of the “God particle” concept is largely credited to Peter Higgs, emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh.
While Darwin eventually proposed “natural selection” as a natural law for evolution in 1859 in the publication of The Origin of Species, Higgs proposed the existence of a new atomic particle now known as the Higgs boson or the Higgs particle as predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics in the 1960’s.
At the time Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859, the prospect of discovering the origin of life seemed easily within the realm of possibility. After reading about an experiment with molds surviving in boiling water, lead Darwin to speculate in a letter to one of his closest colleagues, Joseph Hooker, that life may have simply started in a “a warm little pond.”
Evolutionary scientists, since then, however, have taken little ground in building a stronger case than Darwin. Now nearly 150 years later, the pursuit to resolve the unanswered origin of life riddle has now emerged to become a race within the evolution industry between Europe and the United States. Continue Reading
During the mid-twentieth century, the resistance of microbes to antimicrobial agents emerged as a cornerstone of evidence for biological evolution. Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago in the book Why Evolution is True notes: “Had this phenomena existed in Darwin’s time, he would certainly have made it a centerpiece of The Origin.”
“The most dramatic and rapid examples of evolution in action occur with microorganisms,” according to Donald R. Prothero in Evolution, What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters, “especially viruses and bacteria.”