Copernicus, Newton, Darwin, Einstein…how do you rank great scientific thinkers and their works? Is it possible? Certainly, Darwin is one of the most important scientists in history, and his ideas have probably had more popular and widespread impact than any other scientist. Sure, everyone gabs about relativity, how many people really are bothered by it?
Here is a listing of other posts on this blog with Darwin as a major subject.
For Darwin, the man, read Janet Browne. Her two-volume biography of Charles deserves every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it. I have never read a biography that so strongly impressed on me the feeling that if I were to go back in time and actually meet the subject, I would know how to sit and talk with him or her!