Darwin and the Origin of Species

The History of Science

by Professor Jim Secord and Dr Alison Pearn. Produced by Simon Brown, 11th August 2015

Natural Selection and Evolution

In this podcast Professor Jim Secord and Dr Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project look at how Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and the significance of his publication: The Origin of Species.

1. Early theories to explain the origin of new species. Malthus and Natural Selection.
2. Why does it take Darwin 20 years to publish his ideas of Natural Selection and Evolution?
3. The importance of making his theories understandable to all.
4. The initial impact of the Origin of Species in 1859.


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