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Cambridge University sheds light on Darwin

A graying Darwin ponders the tree of life, whose branches recapitulate the origins of the species

The University of Cambridge rang in its 800th anniversary with church bells and a light show on Saturday the 17th. The light show, created by projection artist Ross Ashton, included specially commissioned illustrations of Cambridge alumni Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton by Roald Dahl’s illustrator, Quentin Blake. Above, a graying Darwin ponders the tree of life, whose branches recapitulate the origins of the species. Other images evoked the scientific, musical, and debaucherous achievements of 800 years of Cambridge students and alumni.

The University of Cambridge’s founding was reportedly the result of a hasty departure from Oxford’s “hostile townsmen,” and the projected image below depicts this hostility.

A celebration of the achievements of achievements of 800 years of Cambridge students and alumni

Cambridge spectators jostled for space near the Senate House to see psychedelic images inspired by biology.