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Darwin Now: Track 1

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Why are we still interested in Charles Darwin, 200 years after his birth? Are his theories still as relevant? And what celebrations are planned for his anniversary? This album provides a solid introduction to Charles Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution. The geneticist Steve Jones and the historian Fern Elsdon-Baker explain and comment on Darwin's theoretical approach, and explore how evolutionary theory is relevant to modern environmental concerns and recent developments in genetics. Fern Elsdon Baker introduces the Darwin Now project and discusses some of the events which are planned for 2009. But in the midst of the all the adulation, Steve Jones sounds a note of warning, musing if at some stage in the future, Darwin will be eclipsed by new theorists, with a very different approach to evolution. The tracks on this album were produced by The Open University in collaboration with the British Council. They form part of Darwin Now, a global initiative celebrating the life and work of Charles Darwin and the impact his ideas about evolution continue to have on today’s world. © The British Council 2009.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 30 mins
  • Updated Wednesday 4th November 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Across the Sciences
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Track 1: Darwin Now

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Darwin Now    A short introduction to this album. Play now Darwin Now
2 Darwin's key theory    Steve Jones and Fern Elsdon-Baker outline Darwin's theory of evolution and explore its continued relevance. Play now Darwin's key theory
3 Darwin's anniversary celebrations    Fern Elsdon-Baker discusses how Darwin will be celebrated in the UK this year. Play now Darwin's anniversary celebrations
4 Evolution and Humanity    Steve Jones explores how evolutionary theory knocks mankind off its pinnacle. Play now Evolution and Humanity
5 Be sceptical about Darwin    Steve Jones points out that one day Darwin too may be superseded by a better theory. Play now Be sceptical about Darwin