Saturday, June 14, 2008

The ROM Darwin Exhibit: A Visit by Steve Martin

Steve Martin visited the Royal Ontario Museum's Darwin exhibit earlier this year. Here is what he had to say:

Overall, the exhibit is extremely well done. It provides a brief sketch of Darwin’s life, from a young boy absolutely fascinated by the natural world around him, to a young man trying to fulfill this passion; from his famous 5-year voyage on the Beagle, to the long years putting together the pieces of his simple, yet revolutionary theory; from his initial hesitancy to publish the theory, to his feverish writing of “On The Origin” once he realized another naturalist had simultaneously worked out a similar evolutionary framework. Since his death, Darwin has been alternatively demonized and given the scientific equivalent of divine veneration. The exhibit effectively puts “flesh and bones” on the mythological Darwin.

Along the way he points out some very interesting things about the exhibit and some personal reflections. A good read.

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