Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bearded Godkiller paradigm refuses to shift

From the BBC:

The complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being published online.

The project run by Cambridge University has digitised some 50,000 pages of text and 40,000 images of original publications - all of it searchable.

Surfers with MP3 players can even access downloadable audio files.

The resource is aimed at serious scholars, but can be used by anyone with an interest in Darwin and his theory on the evolution of life.

"The idea is to make these important works as accessible as possible; some people can only get at Darwin that way," said Dr John van Wyhe, the project's director.






...Bible-bashing bloggers express disappointment, but welcome fresh quote-mining opportunities.

7 Comments:

Blogger Peter Burnet said...

A little Freudian slip there, Brit?

October 19, 2006 2:34 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

No, but full Marx for effort, Peter.

October 19, 2006 3:38 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Well then, I'm sorry you Bible-bashing bloggers are so disappointed. We on our side are quite pleased. In fact, we planted it.

October 19, 2006 6:02 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Peter, that won't start being funny until there is a radio call-in show in which the distressed ask biologists to find a text in Darwin to justify, say, dating while in the process of getting a divorce.

October 19, 2006 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry: That's brilliant.

October 19, 2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger Brit said...

Arf!

October 19, 2006 12:35 PM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

It's discouraging to be told that Darwin, a man so sick all his life that if he had been born in 1949 he'd have been on permanent disability, wrote 50,000 pages. And had to research the material to put in them first.

If I live as long as Darwin, I probably won't reach 20,000, none of them original.

October 21, 2006 9:43 AM  

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