Why Was Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ So Popular?

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The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik discusses how Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” was able to find such a wide audience of mainstream readers. Gopnik argues that much of the book’s effectiveness comes from Darwin’s talent for clear, accessible writing that even readers from non-scientific backgrounds could understand.


On November 30th and December 1st, 2010, at the TIME Conference Center in New York City, many of the most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world came together for an historic gathering – the 2010 World Technology Summit and Awards, the eighth Summit and ninth Awards thus far! – to celebrate each other’s accomplishments; to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies; and to create the kinds of serendipitous relationships that create the future.

The majority of Summit participants were either current WTN members (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Awards cycles, as selected by their peers as those doing the innovative work of “the greatest likely long-term significance”) or 2010 World Technology Award nominees. A combination of keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions… and potentially-career-altering-networking opportunities over two days concluded with a gala black-tie Awards ceremony on the second night. – 2010 World Technology Summit and Awards

Adam Gopnik is an award-winning journalist who speaks with singular wit, eloquence and insight on modern life and culture. Gopnik writes long essays on big thinkers for The New Yorker magazine. He has a genius for bringing people and their ideas to life in his presentations, for communicating the emotions behind ideas, and the feelings that ideas evoke in us, and their relevance to modern life. His most recent book embodies this gift for using historical biography to explore the way we live today. Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life looks at the birth of the modern era through the lives of two extraordinary people born within hours of each other 200 years ago.



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