11 April 2006

A mildly ironic picture

Catshark found and posted this picture the other day. The statue wound up where it was as the result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake, but the final position of the statue is just slightly ironic.

The subject of the statue is Louis Agassiz, a noted 19th century biologist and geologist. And creationist.

1 comment:

Sam Sweet said...

This incident is the source of a famous comment attributed to the then-president of Stanford, David Starr Jordan, an ichthyologist who had clashed with Agassiz over the latter's anti-Darwinian views. Jordan is claimed to have said something like "Oh yes, Agassiz, he was always better in the concrete than in the abstract".