Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My favourite bit of Darwiniana:
Since it's the great man's birthday (February 12, 1809).
I once had reprints of most of his books, including 1881. The formation of vegetable mould, through the action of worms. London: John Murray.
I never got tired of picturing this experiment:
"Worms do not possess any sense of hearing. They took not the least notice of the shrill notes from a metal whistle, which was repeatedly sounded near them; nor did they of the deepest and loudest tones of a bassoon. They were indifferent to shouts, if care was taken that the breath did not strike them. When placed on a table close to the keys of a piano, which was played as loudly as possible, they remained perfectly quiet."
You know who else was born on February 12, 1809, of course.
Quite the auspicious day.