Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who showed that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.

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  • One objection pushing biologists toward non-Darwinian versions of evolution involved the age of the earth. Inspired by Lyell’s uniformitarian geology, Darwin originally assumed that natural selection had limitless time to grind out the present array of species. He did not know how long it would take, but envisioned the process as immensely slow. In 1866, the legendary British physicist William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin), who found the whole notion of Darwinism morally and scientifically repugnant, used his recognized expertise in thermodynamics to estimate the earth’s age at about a hundred million years—or far less than Darwinism required. He derived this figure from the cooling time it should take for a newly formed earth-sized mass of molten matter to reach current terrestrial temperatures. Darwin acknowledged the force of Kelvin’s calculation, but never fully accepted it. In response to it, however, many evolutionists looked for ways to accelerate the evolutionary process, such as by Lamarckian or theist factors. Not until the early twentieth century did physicists recognize that heat generated by the natural decay of radioactive elements greatly prolongs the earth’s cooling process, and thus supplies added time for organic evolution. Kelvin’s objections never stopped biologists from accepting an evolutionary view of life, but channeled them in non-Darwinian directions.

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