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A lunatic idea: British science and evolution on the eve of Darwin’s Origin of Species

Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Iain McCalman explores the dominant scientific attitudes to ideas of evolution in Britain in the years before Darwin’s Origin is published. He explains why evolution was widely regarded as a lunatic theory and was resisted so fiercely.

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darwin, science

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Evolutionary change in agriculture – the past, present and future

Dr Jeremy Burdon, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

The impact of adaptation and evolution on the development of modern agricultural crops and the use of genetically modified technologies is outlined by evolutionary biologist Jeremy Burdon.

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agriculture, darwin, science

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Darwin’s experiences in Australia

Professor Frank Nicholas, University of Sydney

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Frank Nicholas from the School of Veterinary Science outlines Charles Darwin’s visit to Australia on the HMS Beagle in 1836. What Darwin saw contributed to the wealth of evidence he assembled from around the world showing that species have evolved.

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darwin, exploration, science

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Social reactions to Origin

Dr Barry Butcher, Deakin University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Barry Butcher explores the work of four Australians who contributed to the growing corpus of Darwinian science from the 1860s to the 1890s: William Edward Hearn, Robert David Fitzgerald, Walter Baldwin Spencer and Alexander Sutherland.

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darwin, science

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Evolution and creationism

Professor Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Theologian Neil Ormerod examines debates over creationism, creation science and intelligent design, and how they muddied the waters of what was held in the Catholic Encyclopedia over 100 years ago regarding the theory of evolution.

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darwin, science, spirituality

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Charles Darwin symposium closing address

Robyn Williams, ABC Radio National

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents a humorous summary of proceedings from the Charles Darwin symposium.

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darwin, science

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Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories

Arturs and Guna Kinne, Carmelo Mirabelli, Karen Schamberger and Sylvie Stern

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 31 January 2009

Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories feature in the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. They join curator Karen Schamberger and broadcaster Sylvie Stern in a discussion about their lives in Europe and Australia.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration

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Animated conversation with Geoff Pryor

Michael McKernan and Geoff Pryor

13 December 2008

Historian Michael McKernan celebrates the life and work of much admired political cartoonist and Canberra identity Geoff Pryor, who retired after three decades with The Canberra Times.

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art, biography, politics

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Darwin exhibition opening

Dr Barry Jones

Charles Darwin series, 9 December 2008

Writer, lawyer and former science minister Barry Jones opens the Charles Darwin exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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darwin, exhibition, science

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History in the baking

Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Historical Interpretation series, 30 November 2008

Historian Adele discusses cookbooks as historial resources, drawing on the National Museum’s collection in her time as a Visiting Fellow with the Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.

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collection, domestic, food

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