Speaker Name(s): Paul Thompson, PhD. Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Director); Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
Description: November 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species, a contribution to science that rivals that of Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. This lecture explores the nature and richness of Darwinian evolution in its contemporary form: its explanatory richness, its unification of diverse areas of biology, its central place in biomedical research, and why the fact of evolution and the theory of evolution represent the most sophisticated and powerful kind of science.