Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful. In the conclusion of The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin writes:
• “It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.”
• The final words are poetry: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
• This award winning video was in response to a challenge by New Scientist magazine to illustrate the final words of Darwin’s book. British artist Pery Burge created these inkplosions to show how a simple spot of paint on water can spread out unpredictably, in great complexity and diversity. Her work straddles the boundary between art and science.