Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory @ Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge [14 September]

Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

18:00 - 20:00

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Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Lecture, Book Signing, and
Demonstrations of Darwin Experiments
in the Museum Galleries

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

JAMES T. COSTA, Professor, Department of Biology, Western Carolina University; Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, University of North Carolina

Charles Darwin was a naturalist with a passion for experiments. Sometimes quirky, always illuminating, Darwin’s experiments were an ever-present part of his home life, taking over his house, garden, and greenhouse, as well as surrounding meadows and woodlands, while often involving family, friends, and neighbors as research assistants. James Costa will discuss this inventive side of Darwin, detailed in his new book, «Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory.» Following the lecture, visit the museum galleries, where Harvard students and museum educators will demonstrate a selection of Darwin’s experiments.

AUGUST 23, 2017
Henry Nicholls
“On my hard drive I have a folder entitled 'Darwin at Home'. In it is an outline for a book I've always wanted to write—on the sometimes wacky, mostly brilliant experiments that Charles Darwin got up to at Down House in England, in the midst of boisterous family life. Evolutionary biologist (and trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust) James Costa has saved me the trouble. His book, 'Darwin's Backyard', is a passionate but balanced celebration of the Victorian scientist's lifelong obsession with enquiry and how the fields and meadows around his home were a microcosm of the wider world.”

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

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