British Celebrate Charles Darwin but Are Still Skeptical of Evolution

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, evolution is still a hard sell to many.


John King, organizer of the Shrewsbury Festival, says that because the town can lay claim to Darwin's early years only, the focus of many of the planned events is Darwin's youthful interest in science and is squarely aimed at a young audience. In a country where enrollments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula are falling, King says, it's hoped that the Darwin celebrations will help persuade more students to—naturally—select more science courses in school. "That's the legacy we want."