Donations of close to one million pounds will ensure a celebrated Angus-born geologist’s notebooks will go on public display in Edinburgh.
More than 1,000 public pledges have boosted a near-£1 million campaign to keep the notebooks of Angus scientist Sir Charles Lyell in the UK.
The race is on to hit a near £1 million funding target to buy the notebooks of eminent Angus scientist Sir Charles Lyell following an export bar to help keep them in the UK.
A fragment from Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species, the work in which he outlined his theory of evolution, is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found.
A leading international academic has rubbished claims that Charles Darwin ‘borrowed’ the theory of natural selection from a relatively unknown Perthshire fruit farmer when he wrote Origin of Species in the mid-19th century. Dr John van Wyhe, a senior lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences, at the National University of Singapore, said the recent claims by Dr Mike Sutton of Nottingham Trent University were “so silly” and “based on such forced and contorted imitations of historical method that no qualified historian could take it seriously. “ However, Dr Sutton has hit back, claiming that the “subtle manoeuvrings of influential Darwinists” has deliberately ensured that 19th century Perthshire science hero Patrick Matthew remains “buried in oblivion.” Dr Sutton also suggested that pro-Darwinite Dr van Wyhe had recently resigned from the board of a Polish science journal because it published a critique of the latest Patrick Matthew claims.
The missing gravestone of a humble Perthshire crofter whose scientific insights brought him to the attention of some of the greatest names of the Victorian age has been discovered.