Today is the 198th birthday of arguably the most important human to have ever lived, Charles Darwin, who’s work changed the world for the better by providing us with the language and theoretical models to understand the origin of life in the universe. Think about that for a moment. Before Darwin, there were evolutionary theories but none of them were grounded in science and all were hindered by their subservience to religious dogma and superstition. Darwin was the first person to describe how we evolved and continue to do so. The Theory of evolution by natural selection has resulted in numerous fields of scientific advancement, from genetics to history and even geology. No longer do we have to sift through the bones of our ancestors, looking for giants and dragons and shoehorning them into the fairy tale models described by our primitive ancestors. We have access to the truth. And it’s all because of the work of one man.