Saturday, March 7, 2009
London Guide: Darwin at the British Library.
Mr. Charles Darwin seems to be the scientist du jour these days. From the No God buses to the silver screen production starring Paul Bettany, everyone suddenly seems interested. The British Library is no exception, with a small installation currently available to view for free to all visitors.
The exhibit aims to give the man behind the stern, bearded face gracing the ten-pound note, a personality. In his own, last-century way, the man actually had a wife, a family and a sense of humour. On the floor at the entrance, a tree-shaped outline guides you through Darwin's daily schedule. It's nice to, for once, see a man referred to as a man-rather than a faceless initial in a banknote.
Although credit must be given for interesting excerpts of information (from audio snippets to actual rare copies of scientific articles on display) detailing evolutionary theory research before and during Darwin's time, it is disappointing to not see more reference to the ways his theories were revised and adapted afterwards. Worth a look if you're in the area.