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In Our Time - Programmes

Programme 1 - 9.00am Monday 5 January 2009

Melvyn tells the story of Darwin's early life in Shropshire and discusses the significance of the three years he spent at Cambridge, where his interests shifted from religion to natural science.

Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, geneticist at University College London Steve Jones, fellow of Christ's College Cambridge David Norman and assistant librarian at Christ's College Cambridge Colin Higgins.

Programme 2 - 9.00am Tuesday 6 January 2009

Darwin's expedition aboard the Beagle in December 1831 and how his work during the voyage influenced and provided evidence for his theories.

Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, Steve Jones, geneticist at University College London, David Norman, Fellow of Christ's College Cambridge and Jenny Clack, curator of the University.

Programme 3 - 9.00am Wednesday 7 January 2009

How Darwin was eventually persuaded to publish On the Origin of Species in November 1859 and the book's impact on fellow scientists and the general public.

Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, Steve Jones, geneticist at University College London, Jim Secord of the Darwin Correspondence Project and Johannes Vogel, Sandy Knapp and Judith Magee, all of the National History Museum.

Programme 4 - 9.00am Thursday 8 January 2009

Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent. Despite ill health and the demands of his family, Darwin continued researching and publishing until his death in April 1882.

Featuring contributions from Darwin biographer Jim Moore, geneticist at University College London Steve Jones, Darwin expert Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project and former garden curator at Down House Nick Biddle.

Reading list for Darwin: In Our Time

Books by Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species

The Voyage of the Beagle

Autobiography

The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms

Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex by Charles Darwin (1871)

Other books:

Darwin's Sacred Cause by Adrian Desmond and James Moore

Darwin: the Lifeof A Tormented Evolutionaist by Adrian Desmond and James Moore

Darwin's Island by Steve Jones

Charles Darwin by Janet Browne

Almost like a Whale: The Origin of Species updated by Steve Jones

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

The Ancestors Tale by Richard Dawkins

Wonderful Life by Stephen J. Gould.

Darwin by Adrian Desmond and James Moore (1991)

 
 


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