In the book Darwin drafts the principle of natural selection, which even today raises protest from members of all of the monotheistic faiths.
Darwin's studio, as presented in exhibit (Photo: British council)
The occasion is being celebrated all over the world, and as part of the festivities a British council has set up an exhibit displaying Darwin and his many theories.
The show is being held in countries around the globe, accompanied by translations and additions submitted by each of the nations it visits. At Jerusalem's Science Museum the exhibit will be presented in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Labeled 'Darwin Now', the show presents photos and documents from the life of the famed scientist, as well as sketches showing Darwin's ideas on the origin of various species.
There are also pages from the original copy of his famous book, and a water-color portrait of Darwin. The exhibit also incorporates the employment of his theories in current science.
Parallel to the show the museum plans to host a convention on evolution in science and art. In addition, throughout the year 11 meetings will be held at a coffee shop in Jerusalem, during which will informal talks will take place between university researchers and the public.
All events are free and open to the public.