Charles Darwin’s discovery of evolutionary biology was a milestone in biological science. His discoveries support the notion that science is an ever changing subject. Evolution and natural selection, two of his most significant contributions, challenged the fundamentals of the church and encouraged individuals to rethink their origins. Though science was an ‘exclusive’ area in society, Charles Darwin brought forth concepts that shifted everyday thinking and implemented science into society; further, evolution changed the politics and social norms  of the 19th Century.

The struggles Charles Darwin experienced while forming On the Origins of Species are characteristic of the decades it took to implement the concepts highlighted in his book into society. It took Darwin 23 years to publish his findings from his trip around the world on the HMS Beagle. Alfred Wallace, a colleague of Darwin’s who originally discovered the fundamentals of natural selection, was a source of immense stress for Darwin. This “race” for credibility regarding evolution propelled Darwin to publish On the Origins of Species prematurely, releasing a series of debates and hardships for the Darwin family. His sacrifices act as a lesson on how brutal scientific institutions can be on new ideas and concepts, especially on ideas as daunting as evolution.

The introduction of evolution has had an immense impact on societies of both the past and present. When first introduced, the concept deconstructed society; moreover, the church eventually lost power and an irrational feud broke out. In addition, social darwinism gave an explanation to the concrete hierarchical system in place. Darwin’s discoveries have had an immense impact on society today. For example, leading up to World War One, the growing acceptance of social darwinism made states believe that if the strong should prevail, peace is unnecessary. Clearly, Charles Darwin has changed the world, in both negative and positive ways.