Charles Darwin Contributions

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No other author has had more of an impact on the way we think about the world around us than Charles Darwin has. From research labs, to classrooms, Darwin’s scientific findings and literary work have greatly influenced how we see the living world. A true scientific pioneer, Darwin shocked the highly religious people of his time by sharing his findings and theories about evolution in his book On the Origin of Species. The theories in his book continue to impact the way the natural world is seen today, but they were not always well received. (Desmond) Walter Karp makes note of this in his book Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species: “All species of living things had developed solely through the working of a certain natural process that Darwin had discovered and no revealed in his book... In the history of science no theory was ever so instantly and savagely attacked,” (Karp 11). Despite skepticism and resistance from others, Charles Darwin managed to be one of the greatest influences on society and science of all time, and his theories have become the basis for many scientific breakthroughs and secular arguments. Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12, 1809 to a Dr. Robert Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood (Karp 11). From an early age, Darwin took an interest in the sciences even though it was condemned by the religious English public schools at the time. Eventually, he reached university where he met a professor and mentor who proposed a trip to

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