This could be cool: an evolutionary biologist is going to read Darwin’s Origin of Species for the first time and post chapter-by-chapter discussions of the book right here on Scienceblogs between now and Darwin Day. Get your own copy and follow along with John Whitfield!
Another reading suggestion: Wilkins writes about Darwin worship. It’s going to be a tricky balancing act this year — Darwin was a great scientist and his contributions were immense, but he is not an object of veneration. The difficult job will be to maintain a balance between hero worship and reactionary criticism, and to show the real man and the real work.