On the Origin of Species, published in 1859, is widely accepted as the seminal work in modern biology. Through careful observation, Charles Darwin explains how traits can be selected for within a population. This is easily observed in the artificial selection of farm animals, for instance. Darwin's theory caused an uproar that can still be heard today by refuting the Christian doctrine of created breeds, in which all species that exist now have always existed just as they are. It is the very publication of this work that gave Charles Darwin his place of prominence in the history of the theory of evolution, because while he was not the first to suggest such a mechanism, his book and its exhaustive studies made the information widely available. English scientist, naturalist, and geologist CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) revolutionized science, especially biology, with his theory of evolution through natural selection. As a passenger aboard the Beagle, Darwin became intrigued by the existence of different species in different geographical locations, which aided in the development of his theory. In addition to The Origin of Species, he is also remembered for The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
Charles Darwin wurde am 12. Februar 1809 in Shrewsbury geboren. Im Alter von 22 Jahren schiffte er sich am 27. Dezember 1831 auf der Beagle zu einer Forschungsreise rund um die Welt ein. Nach fünf Jahren kehrte er zurück, im Gepäck die bedeutsamste Idee der abendländischen Wissenschaft: Als Darwin am 19. April 1882 starb, hatte er mit seiner Evolutionstheorie das althergebrachte Weltbild unwiderruflich aus den Angeln gehoben.