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Happy Birthday Darwin and Lincoln

Friday, February 13, 2009

In his new double biography Angels and Ages, New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik looks at the lives and legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both men were born 200 years ago.

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Friday, February 13 at 7 pm
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Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

I was wondering how much Lincoln & Darwin knew of each other's existence & what they might have thought of each other. Is there any record of Lincoln's opinion on evolution or Darwin's opinion of Lincoln's emancipation of American slaves & conduct of the Civil War?

Wait, the segment's over already? I didn't think it would be only 15 minutes! Don't Darwin & Lincoln deserve more? Oh, well.

Feb. 13 2009 01:21 PM
Hugh from Crown Heights

My understanding is that Darwin was pathologically shy, so he dreaded the prospect of having to publicly defend his theory. Theodore Huxley provided much of the public case for Origin of Species. (And Huxley was nicknamed "Darwin's bulldog".)

Feb. 13 2009 01:14 PM

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