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Theory That Shook The WorldOther than Mendellson and his studies with geneticsDarwin has by far contributed the most to our modern scienceFrom his theories on variation of species to his explanation ofnatural selection Charles Darwin has shocked the world by provingthe world older than previously thought and creatures notimmutable In this present day these theories are as commonbelief as a simple mathematical equation such as two plus twoequals four but in the year eighteen hundred and fifty nineDarwin not only risked his reputation with these far fetchedfindings but also the risk of being excommunicated from thechurch Previous to Darwin the thought had been that the worlditself was only a few hundred years old and that all creatureswere made by God in those seven days as they lived exactly todayCampbell p 421 Aside from past resistance Darwin also comesunder scrutiny still today as missing fossils which are to havebeen the bridge between a two familiar species are not yet foundHitching p 3 Whatever the reason of belief or disbelief inDarwins theories he astounded the scientific world as well asthe public and was able to convince many in the presence of amisguided past belief This fact alone makes him one of the mostimportant people of science ever Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury-ShropshireEngland on Feb 12 1809 GEA RBi p 42 He was the fifth childin a wealthy English family with a history of scientificachievement with his paternal grandfather Erasmus Darwin who wasa physician and a savant in the eighteenth century GEA RBi p42 As a young boy Darwin already showed signs of his love fornature When he was not reading about nature and its quirks hewas out in the forest looking for wild game fish and insectsCampbell p 424 His father although noting his sons interestin nature felt that all the discoveries of the natural branch ofscience had been accomplished so he sent his son to medicalschool at Edinburgh instead Bowler p 62
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