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bsag
bsag

“[…] the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications.” — Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species 💬

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bsag
bsag

@bsag I had to truncate Darwin there a bit as he was never one for a compact statement 😉. I’ve always loved that phrase “beautiful ramifications” though. For me, biology is the science of investigating life’s beautiful ramifications.

jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@bsag So very true. And I know it is a cliché but the tangled bank is so perfect a passage.

bsag
bsag

@jeremycherfas I love that one too.

BestofTimes
BestofTimes

@bsag in his book of prefaces Alasdair Gray describes Origin of the Species as the last great revolutionary work of science in prose that any reader of English can understand.

bsag
bsag

@BestofTimes Interesting - I hadn’t thought about it like that.