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Just how controversial was Charles Darwin? Was he a reluctant revolutionary? And how did he reconcile his religious convictions with his scientific values? When Darwin's theories were first published in the nineteenth century, he initially felt that the whole scientific establishment was against him. It took many years for Darwin to finally pluck up the courage to reveal his revolutionary theories and he only did so when a fellow scientist seemed to be about publish something remarkably, and coincidentally, very similar. This album puts Charles Darwin into context and explores the complex moral environment in which he worked, and in particular the perceived clash between evolutionary theory and traditional creationist beliefs. Jim Moore, Professor of the History of Science at The Open University, leads this exploration of Darwin and his times.

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 OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Darwin in context

A brief introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Darwin in context    A brief introduction to this album. Play now Darwin in context
2 Evolution versus Creationism    In Darwin's day, most of the scientific establishment was Christian. His theory of evolution was a radical break from the traditional scriptural version of the origins of life on Earth. Play now Evolution versus Creationism
3 Darwin's manuscript    How Darwin was so worried about the impact of his theory that he waited for 15 years before publishing it. Play now Darwin's manuscript
4 Darwin prepares the way    Prior to publishing this ideas, Darwin attempted to recruit allies who might help him deal with the controversies to come. Play now Darwin prepares the way
5 Darwin's global impact    Darwin had a global vision and his work had a huge impact on the international stage. Play now Darwin's global impact

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