In Darwin’s Place

Charles Darwin developed one of the most brilliant insights in the history of science: a mechanism that enabled the principle of evolution to unify and inform all of biology. But when he did so, he wrote that “It is like confessing a murder.”

BERKELEY – Imagine that, as a young scientist, you spent years collecting information about the foundations of how nature works. You built your reputation by collecting plants, animals, fossils, and geological samples from around the world, and sending back letters that tracked your development into a first-rate scientist. By the time you returned from a great five-year voyage, you were surprised to find that you were a rising star.