Charles Darwin: reluctant revolutionary in the Victorian age
by The Open University
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So who was this man? How did this shy, privately rich and independent amateur naturalist, who lived quietly in the English countryside, come to write the controversial book ‘On the Origin of Species’?
This learning pathway introduces the man behind the science. It considers how Darwin’s family life, religion, and the stimulating times in which he lived influenced his revolutionary scientific work.
The pathway also covers Darwin’s ground-breaking theories, and offers insights from historians and Darwin’s great great granddaughter about his upbringing and his relationship with his wife.
It explains how his ideas were so highly controversial that he kept them private for nearly 20 years, caught as he was between the Victorian growth of scientific enquiry and the powerful Establishment Church of England.
Finally, it touches on how and why Darwin’s ideas are still important more than 150 years after they were first published.
|1||Charles Darwin: reluctant revolutionary in the Victorian age - video introduction||--||1:55||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin's key theory||Steve Jones and Fern Elsdon-Baker outline Darwin's theory of evolution and explore its continued relevance.||10:05||Free||View in iTunes|
||Evolution and Humanity||Steve Jones explores how evolutionary theory knocks mankind off its pinnacle.||5:35||Free||View in iTunes|
||Evolution through natural selection||In this unit, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Darwin's great great granddaughter||The poet Ruth Padel talks about her great great grandfather, Charles Darwin, and how she has responded to his life and work in her poetry.||5:22||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Darwin's marriage||Ruth Padel discusses the relationship between Darwin and his wife Emma and how her religiosity sometimes conflicted with his scientific beliefs.She reads her poems "The Open Window", "He Leaves a Message on the Edge" and "`He ignores his father's advice||6:08||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Darwin's childhood||Ruth Padel and Sheila Ochugboju reflect on Darwin's childhood, and Ruth reads her poems "The Chapel School", The year my mother died", "The miser".||5:52||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||Darwin's humanity||Ruth Padel muses on Darwin's experiences in Edinburgh and Brazil, and reads the poems that she was inspired to write: "Haunted", "He hangs out with a taxidermist", "A quarrel in Bahia Harbour".||5:54||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin's world-wide web||A brief introduction to this album.||1:03||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Darwin Correspondence Project||An initiative set up at Cambridge University over thirty years ago. Since then, it has vastly expanded, hoping to draw in a wide range of audiences, both young and old.||6:56||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin the collaborator||The letters show that Darwin was a very generous correspondent, and in particular how positive he was to women scientists.||7:39||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin the mentor and family man||Darwin was very open minded and supportive, both of students whom he didn't know and of his own children.||3:35||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||John Murray and Darwin||The current John Murray invites us into his illustrious ancestors' offices to tell the story of how this famous British publishing house was chosen by Charles Darwin for his seminal book, The Origin of Species. Much controversy followed.||9:35||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin in context||A brief introduction to this album.||1:16||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||7:17||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin's manuscript||How Darwin was so worried about the impact of his theory that he waited for 15 years before publishing it.||1:34||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin prepares the way||Prior to publishing this ideas, Darwin attempted to recruit allies who might help him deal with the controversies to come.||7:45||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin's global impact||Darwin had a global vision and his work had a huge impact on the international stage.||4:43||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwin's controversial reception||Prior to publishing his theories, Darwin built up a network of supporters around the world. Nevertheless, his theory of evolution prompted a lot of debate. The cultural context was key to its approval or rejection.||10:25||Free||View in iTunes|
||Darwinism and politics||Darwin's theories were particularly subject to political interpretation: some rejected them as subversive of the moral order, others hailed Darwin as a revolutionary hero.||6:15||Free||View in iTunes|
||The science of evolution||This unit debates the issues surrounding the science of evolution and religion. This study unit is just one of many that can be found on LearningSpace, part of OpenLearn, a collection of open educational resources from The Open University. Published in||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Be sceptical about Darwin||Steve Jones points out that one day Darwin too may be superseded by a better theory.||2:46||Free||View in iTunes|