Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Voyage of Charles Darwin

Fundamentally, science is about discovering the underlying simplicity behind the mystery and complexity of phenomena. And Charles Darwin did just that when he discovered that the diversity of plant and animal species on Earth and the morphological change in plant and animal species found in the fossil record was predominantly due to biological evolution through natural selection.

 The Voyage of Charles Darwin was a BBC biographical miniseries that was originally hosted by astronaut Neil Armstrong when it was first broadcast in the US on PBS.  Its a magnificent reflective journey by Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle, a journey, of course, which later helped Darwin to develop his theory of 'Evolution through Natural Selection'.

The Voyage of Charles Darwin (Episode 1):

The Voyage of Charles Darwin (Episode 2):

The Voyage of Charles Darwin (Episode 3):

The Voyage of Charles Darwin (Episode 4):

The Voyage of Charles Darwin (Episode 5):


The Voyage of Charles Darwin (Episode 6 & 7):

Links and References:

Charles Darwin Wikipedia

The Second Voyage of the Beagle


Shishir said...

Survival of the fittest.

well if we go by Darwin we must ask the question whether his theory would survive the times when every one is after one single question http://controversial-affairs.blogspot.com/2009/02/darwin.html

Marcel F. Williams said...

Darwin's theory of 'evolution through natural selection' really wasn't meant to address the biochemical origins of life on Earth but merely to explain why plant and animal species differ from each other and why morphological change (evolution) occurs in the fossil record.

We already knew that farmers and breeders could change the morphology of animals through artificial selection. What Darwin discovered was that 'nature' had been doing the same thing since the beginning of life on Earth through 'natural selection'.

It was an incredible insight on Darwin's part which has been thoroughly corroborated by the scientific evidence over that past 150 years.

Marcel F. Williams said...

By the way, there is going to be a new movie coming out on Charles Darwin featuring the actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.

The film, ironically, is going to be called 'Creation'. And here is the premise:

"From Recorded Picture Company, producers of such films as nine-time Academy Award winner The Last Emperor and Sexy Beast comes CREATION.

Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love story CREATION is the story of Charles Darwin and the single most explosive idea in history. Darwin’s great, still controversial, book The Origin of Species depicts nature as a battleground. In CREATION the battleground is a man’s heart.

Torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth. This is not the grey-bearded old man that most people imagine when they think of Darwin.

The Darwin we meet in CREATION is a young, vibrant father, husband and friend whose mental and physical health gradually buckles under the weight of guilt and grief for a lost child. Ultimately it is the ghost of Annie, his adored 10 year-old daughter who leads him out of darkness and helps him reconnect with his wife and family. Only then is he able to create the book that changed the world.

Told in a collage of scenes from the past and present, laced with stories of exotic animals and the dark dreams of a troubled mind CREATION is a film that will provoke, entertain and ultimately deeply move you."


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