Saturday, May 31, 2008
Darwin in WSJ
I was waiting to meet with a banker today to wire money to Europe, and I picked up the Wall Street Journal. In it, I was surprised to find a book review of Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. They have a section reviewing classic books, "masterpieces". Embarrassingly, I've never read this Darwin classic, I think I'll take it on my vacation. The review was short and readable, reminding us that young Darwin was a passionate naturalist and geologist. The review also makes a connection with today, pointing out how invasive species and extinction have dramatically changed the planet in the geological blink since Darwin's voyage. I especially liked the illustration of a youthful, vibrant Darwin in the Galapagos.