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Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.
 
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A Most Very Curious "Bombshell" Coincidence?

Jul. 20, 2015 4:29 am
Categories: Dysology

Now here's a curious thing

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Patrick Matthew (1831) was the first to fully explain natural selection as new species branching from a common ancestor by way of nature selecting varieties that were best circumstance suited. He even uniquely called it: 'the natural process of selection'. A term Darwin (1859) would uniquely four word shuffle into 'process of natural selection'.

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Patrick Matthew: The biological father of the theory of natural selection

When I added explanatory text to explain an image of Patrick Matthew's trees, from his 1831 book 'On Naval Timber and Arboriculture' - on a blog post - there is absolutely no way I could have known what shape - if any - the words under the image would form. Anyone who has written on BestThinking, and the CEO - Bob Butler - can affirm that fact. Because the software permits us to enter words in a straight line only.

What is curious, therefore, is that the words formed the pattern of a bombshell! That is all the more curious, because, Professor Donald Forsdyke had earlier described Matthew's original published discovery of natural selection as "a bombshell".

I have since manged to replicate the coincidental effect on my website PatrickMatthew.com by manipulating the text on screen.

Coincidences happen, which is why we have a word for it. I think this one is particularly fun.Dr Mike Weale has one about Matthew and Darwin - or perhaps not (as the case may be) on The Patrick Matthew Project,

 
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