Darwin wrote of himself:
I attempted mathematics [at Cambridge University ], and even went during the summer of 1828 with a private tutor (a very dull man) to Barmouth, but I got on very slowly. The work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps of algebra. This impatience was foolish, and in after years I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics; for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense. But I do not believe that I should ever have succeeded beyond a very low grade.
Autobiography (p. 58 of the 1958 Norton edition)
[thanks to an un-named friend for uncovering the above quote]
I do not wish to overly demean someone for not being mathematically gifted (after all Darwin is not to be blamed for the genes he inherited), but the fact remains Darwin and math don’t mix. Darwin viewed math to be repugnant, and his lack of mathematical insight permeates his illogical ideas about the evolution of life.
In contrast to Darwin, there was the ID proponent and creationist James Clerk Maxwell who was a math and physics genius. Einstein viewed Maxwell as one of the three greatest scientists in history (the ID proponents Newton and Faraday being the other two). Had there been no Einstein, we might be saying instead the name Maxwell to signify genius. It was through those divine Maxwell’s Equations of electro dynamics that Einstein formulated his famous theory of relativity, and it was through Maxwell’s Equations that the modern world is what it is today.
From a physics textbook by Halliday and Resnick:
As for Maxwell’s equations, the physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (quoting a line from Goethe) wrote: “Was it a God who wrote these lines …?” In more recent times J.R. Pierce, in a book chapter entitled “Maxwell’s Wonderful Equations,” wrote: “To anyone who is motivated by anything beyond the most narrowly practical it is worthwhile to understand Maxwell’s equations simply for the good of his soul.” The scope of these equations has been well summarized by the remark that Maxwell’s equations account for the facts that a compass needle points north, That light bends when it enters water, and that your car starts when you turn the ignition key. These equations are the basis for the operation of all such electromagnetic and optical devices as electric motors, telescopes, cyclotrons, eyeglasses, television transmitters and receivers, telephones, electromagnets, radar, and microwave ovens.
By contrast, Darwin’s non-equations have done nothing for the world of science and modern technology. Let the world of science commemorate things like Maxwell’s Year more than Darwin Day.
From a long view of the history of mankind Ã¢â‚¬â€ seen from, say, ten thousand years from now, there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell’s discovery of the laws of electrodynamics.
Nobel Lareate in Physics
Amen brother Feynman, Amen.