TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Marina Bay SandsTREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Marina Bay Sands


Treasures of the mind


In the second gallery, discover how priceless treasures have inspired scientists to answer some of Earth’s great mysteries. Over the last three centuries, visionary people have established fundamental scientific principles that underpin the natural world. These individuals asked questions, pushed boundaries and truly challenged the way scientists define and understand our planet and its life.

On display in this gallery is a hand-written page from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, one of the most influential books ever written.
 

Darwin’s On the Origin of Species manuscript
Darwin’s On the Origin of Species Manuscript
Around 1858–1859

On the Origin of Species is one of the most influential books ever written. This draft page, handwritten by Charles Darwin, comes from the chapter on instinct. Darwin finally published his book in 1859 after refining his ideas for 20 years. He knew it would be controversial to suggest that species evolved gradually and naturally, without the intervention of a divine authority, but the first edition was instantly sold out.