Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) introduced a resolution in Congress to make Feb. 12, 2013 "Darwin Day." As reported by the Huffington Post, Holt, a physicist, said, "Charles Darwin [is] a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge," Holt wrote in the resolution, which promotes evolution and warns against the "teaching of creationism."
The enthusiastic yet mild-mannered Bill Nye (The Science Guy) has launched a firestorm of outrage from Creationists with his video for The Big Think, an online forum. In the video, Nye asserts that Darwin's theory is necessary to understand the natural world, for children and adults.
Darwin studied giant tortoises in 1835 when he visited the Galapagos Islands. Read this obituary for Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise and the last of his subspecies, from The New York Times, here.
In Darwin's Ghosts, Rebecca Stott traces the work of the many scholars, philosophers and scientists whose insights into nature and its laws culminated in 'Origin of Species.' Read The Wall Street Journal Review of Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott here.
Organize your own Darwin Day Screening:
Nova has produced several films that highlight Darwin and his contributions. They are available online and are easy to view. Have a screening party at school, at home or at work!