It's only admitted in whispers that most biologists have never read Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," says Olivia Judson in a post at the New York Times. It's boring, they say. Judson admits that Darwin's writing was "patchy" -- at its best describing the natural world and "tortuous" when discussing genetics. "So, the difficulties notwithstanding, there are many reasons to tackle the 'Origin,'" she writes. "Reasons above and beyond the fact that it is one of the most important books ever written, and central to our culture. But to me, perhaps the most important is that reading the 'Origin' is a window into a mind. A rich and fertile mind, with a holistic view of nature."
Despite the Patchy Writing, Darwin's Pretty Smart
Jul 10, 2008