Charles Darwin and the geographers
If not exactly deafening, the proverbial silence is still pretty loud. Geographers, both human and physical, have all but ignored the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Yet others, within and without the academy, have made 2009 a year of glowing tribute and great celebration. February 12th was declared World Darwin Day and witnessed 650 events in forty-two different countries. Here in Britain the Royal Mail issued ten stamps to commemorate the man and his work (in the style of pieces of a jigsaw to symbolise the interconnectedness of all life), while the BBC broadcast a three-part television documentary entitled "Darwin's dangerous idea''.
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