Books That Inspire 2010

On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin

I became interested in evolution while a ninth grade science student in Memphis, Tennessee, where it was illegal to teach or even discuss evolution in class. To satisfy my curiosity, I checked out On the Origin of Species from the public library. Reading Darwin opened my mind to a new way of thinking about the world. It gave me an exciting insight into how scientists think and reason, and helped me understand that change, both biological and human, is inevitable, but unpredictable. Every change is an experiment that must be continuously tested by time and circumstance to be judged as successful.

From Books That Inspire 2001.

Paul Bell
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Vice Provost for Instruction