Festival to crown celebration of Darwin anniversaries

Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work On the Origin of Species are being celebrated in 2009 by a welter of scientific and educational institutions worldwide.

Darwin’s work introduced the concept of natural selection and evolution that underlies much of modern natural science, although still hotly contested. In July, the University of Cambridge, U.K., Darwin’s alma mater, will combine the bicentenary and the university’s own 600th anniversary in a July Festival of science, society, literature, history, philosophy, theology, art and music arising from the writings, life and times of the naturalist.