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What was Charles Darwin Nobel Prize?

Do Nobel Prizes Reward Genius?

Are the Nobel prizes a corrective to fashion, fame, and celebrity--a true record of genius born in the 19th and 20th centuries, as their founder Alfred Nobel, who detested celebrity, hoped for in his will? Certainly, Nobel prizes neither reward, nor confer, celebrity: very few of us can name from memory all, or most, of the previous year's Nobel prize winners, even in the widely accessible fields of literature and peace. Very likely, the prizes bolster the concept of genius, by creating a seemingly magic circle of winners, and excluding the vast majority of workers in the field, however eminent they may be.

The prizes fulfil their purpose well in the sciences, though much less well in literature, peace, and economics. Indeed, there have been calls for the economics prize, started only in 1968 by the Central Bank of Sweden and therefore not officially a Nobel prize, to be abolished, including several calls from past winners of the prize.

The literature prize has been adversely affected by several difficulties. In his will of 1896, Nobel directed that the prize be given for ‘distinguished work of an idealistic tendency'. This phrase was initially interpreted by the judges of the Swedish Academy to rule out of consideration many great writers such as Henrik Ibsen, Leo Tolstoy, and Emile Zola, though the interpretation of ‘idealistic' was later changed, giving the prize a much improved record after the second world war than in its first half-century.

Then there is the lack of sufficient expertise in languages among the judges, so that their decision is based partly on reading a writer's work in translation rather than in its original language (the case with the first Asian Nobel prize, for Rabindranath Tagore, who wrote chiefly in Bengali but was judged on his English translations). As the circle of literatures under consideration has gradually widened beyond the major European languages to include the languages of Asia and Africa, this linguistic barrier has become almost insuperable.

Most importantly of all, writers take time, sometimes decades, to establish themselves; and their reputations can take still longer to grow. The temptation for the Nobel judges is to wait until a writer is old and long past the period of his or her best work; inevitably death sometimes intervenes before the prize can be awarded, as happened with Marcel Proust, Rainer Maria Rilke, and D. H. Lawrence.

The science prizes do not suffer from these difficulties. For the most part, original scientific theories and key experiments are recognized as such by the scientific community within a decade or two. Moreover, the prizes are frequently shared between two or a maximum of three winners (which still entails difficult and sometimes controversial judgements about whom to exclude).

Nonetheless, there can be long gaps between the date of an original scientific achievement and its Nobel recognition. The Nobel physics committee resisted giving Einstein a prize for over a decade, and eventually awarded him the prize for 1921 not for his 1905 relativity theory, which was considered too controversial, but for quite different theoretical work on quantum theory that other scientists had proved in the laboratory. The astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar had to wait half a century before receiving his prize in 1983 for work he had done in 1934.




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You can love both Darwin and divinity

by Snakebyte_XX

People among many faiths balance their religious views with evolution
Charles Darwin is widely praised by atheists for the way his theory of evolution denies the existence of God. For the same reason he's vilified by conservative religious people.
There is just one problem with the opinions of these opposing camps: They're not exactly based on what Darwin said. The pioneering 19th-century biologist confessed that evolution placed him in a "hopeless muddle" about the concept of God.
Church-going Darwin did, indeed, end up rejecting traditional 19th-century views of an Almighty Christian God

Not clear to me where you'd go with that

by MisterEllis

Eloquence. You end with
"Darwin wasn't merely a scientist, he was an accomplished philosopher. It wasn't the facts he uncovered that changed the world.. it was his THOUGHTS... his philosophy. "
He is credited with bringing the world a theory, but he didn't just sit back in his armchair musing philosophically, he travelled and observed evidence and then found a new way to put 2 and 2 together. However modern evolution theory relies also on Mendel and others. Since "facts" is synthetic one may look into just what constitutes a fact. Generally facts occur in the psyche as elements of how evidence is arranged in the psyche

Bird brainiacs: The genius of pigeons  — New Scientist
Before a visit from his friend the geologist Charles Lyell, Darwin wrote: "I will show you my pigeons! Which is the greatest treat, in my opinion, which ..

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FAQ

Brea
What are some interesting/strange facts about Charles Darwin?

Charles Rober Darwin, the naturalist, was made famous in scientific communities for his work in Geology following publication of his work after his five year journey aboard the Beagle.
He is one of only five non-royals to be honored with a state funeral and buried at Westminster Abbey.

Girl Power
Does anyone know any "really" interesting facts about charles darwin?

I'm doing a project on Charles Darwin, but i don't have any interesting facts, all my facts sound dull and i guess everyone else have that also , so.. please help, thanks ^^

Try looking up his biography in books---or at least sources that investigate his life in length. the shorter stuff only tells the basic details.

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