Charles Darwin

  • Birth

    Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England.
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    Charles Darwin had always held a fascination for science and it had led him to attending the University of Edinburgh in 1825 to study medicine. During his schooling, Darwin had been exposed to theories and ideas that had gone against the conceptual norm at the time that would later lead to his theory on evolution. In 1828, Darwin then attended Christ's College in Cambridge and had been taught the idea of providential design.
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    Voyage of the Beagle

    In September of 1831, Charles Darwin was extended the offer of admittance as a naturalist on board the HMS Beagle for a 5 year journey around the world from a man named Captain Fitz-Roy. Charles Darwin refused the offer due to his father's reluctance. Charles Darwin was extended the offer once more in early December of 1831 and he had accepted. During his journey abroad, Charles Darwin annotated extensive notes on various plants, animals on land, and plants.
  • Galapago Island Finches

    Galapago Island Finches
    During his travel among the HMS Beagle, they came upon what is now known today as the Galapagos Islands. Charles Darwin had collected various various finch species. In January of 1837, Charles Darwin presented his findings on the finches to the Zoological Society of London. While he proposed that the specimens had been 3 different finches, it was later to be found that there were 12 species of finches. This discovery enabled his theory of evolution through natural selection.
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    Charles Darwin's Contribution to Philosophy of Science

    Following the publication of the "Origin of Species," Darwin's evolution theory by natural selection created a profound impact on professional philosophy. The largest consideration on philosophers following Darwin's evolution theory and been recognizing science and non-science and what methodology determines the difference of the two. Darwins evolution theory impacted not only philosophers, but generations of thinkers in the years to follow.
  • Publication of the "Origin of Species"

    On November 24th, 1859, Charles Darwin published the Origin of Species. This publication would become one of the most ground-breaking and influential academic books that had ever been written. Over several decades of observation of animals, Darwin built the foundation of his theory for evolution by natural selection. In summary, Darwin theorized that new species evolve from pre-existing species and adapt to their environment over time.
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  • Death

    Charles Darwin died April 19th 1882 in Downe, United Kingdom at the age of 73.