History and Philosophy Of Science | The Origins of Darwinism
X226 | 22909 | Sander Gliboff


The Life and Work of Charles Darwin

This course uses the life and work of Charles Darwin to introduce
the theory of evolution, the history of science and society in the
nineteenth century, and the variety of human experiences, ideas, and
concerns that may enter into the process of scientific discovery.
We proceed chronologically, following Darwin from his childhood home
in Shrewsbury, through his university studies in medicine at
Edinburgh and theology at Cambridge, his beetle-collecting and
field work in geology, his voyages of exploration abroad H.M.S.
Beagle, and his later research and writing at his country estate in
Downe.  At each station of Darwin’s life, we will try to reconstruct
his experiences with Nature, the questions he is asking about them,
the scientific theories he is considering, the larger social and
political context in which he is working, and how all these
considerations are reflected in his most famous book, The Origin of
Species.