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Monday, 30 November 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

Making a Monkey out of Darwin

Jim Endersby

When Darwin finally published the On the Origin of Species, he tried to avoid controversy by ignoring human origins. Yet evolution was soon being attacked as the godless ‘monkey theory’. However, while some condemned Darwin’s book, others found a form of consolation in it, an alternative to an orthodox Christian faith some found hard to maintain. 

As Darwin tried to make sense of the death of his favourite daughter, Annie, many of his readers found unexpected consolation for their own losses in Darwin’s words.


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Jim is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex. He specialises in Victorian natural history and the modern genetics and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.

Professor Endersby's lecture series are as follows:

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