마음의 보물


두번째 갤러리에서는 귀중한 보물들이 과학자들이 지구의 위대한 신비를 알아내는데 어떻게 영감을 주었는지 발견하시기 바랍니다. 지난 3세기 동안, 선견지명이 있는 사람들은 자연계를 뒷받침하는 기초 과학의 원리를 정립해왔습니다. 이들은 질문을 던지고 경계를 넘어서 과학자들이 우리의 행성과 생명체를 정의하고 이해하는 방식에 도전했습니다.

역사상 가장 영향력이 있는 책 중 하나인 찰스 다윈의 ‘종의 기원’ 중 손으로 쓰여진 한 페이지가 이 갤러리에 진열되어 있습니다. 

Highlights 
Darwin’s On the Origin of Species manuscript
Darwin’s On the Origin of Species Manuscript
Around 1858–1859
 

 

On the Origin of Species is one of the most influential books ever written. This draft page, handwritten by Charles Darwin, comes from the chapter on instinct. Darwin finally published his book in 1859 after refining his ideas for 20 years. He knew it would be controversial to suggest that species evolved gradually and naturally, without the intervention of a divine authority, but the first edition was instantly sold out.

Sir Richard Owen
 
Sir Richard Owen  
 

A heavyweight thinker and distinguished comparative anatomist, Sir Richard Owen was well-known for his strong views and regular clashes with colleagues. He used his immense skill to identify extinct creatures and was the first person to name and describe dinosaurs, he was also credited as describing in detail the dodo bird.

 

Beetles collected by Alfred Russel Wallace
Beetles collected by Alfred Russel Wallace Darwin’s On the Origin of Species Manuscript
Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia 

While Alfred Russel Wallace was exploring the Molucca islands in Indonesia, he first formulated the concept of natural selection, the same mechanism that Charles Darwin had realised was key to evolution. One of Wallace’s inspirations was the incredible range of beetles he found in the region – 83,200 of which he collected. Here are just a few from his findings in the Malay Archipelago, now Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.