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Who Discovered Evolution? presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History

March 3 @ 6:00 pm

 |  FREE

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Date:
March 3
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
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Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Phone:
(617) 495 3216
About

Free Public Lecture

William Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

Charles Darwin is commonly cited as the person who “discovered” evolution. But, the historical record shows that roughly seventy different individuals published work on the topic of evolution between 1748 and 1859, the year that Darwin published On the Origin of Species. These early thinkers, now almost entirely forgotten, included biologists, geologists, horticulturists, physicians, clergymen, atheists, philosophers, teachers, and poets. William Friedman will discuss the ideas of these pre-Darwinian evolutionists, place Darwin in a broader historical context, and examine the nature of scientific discovery and attribution.

Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

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