By the time of his death Charles Darwin was one of the most celebrated--and one of the most notorious--scientists in the world. Today he is still controversial, and has become an icon of modern science at the same time as his theories have become the basis of modern biology.
This talk, given by Janet Browne (History of Science professor, Harvard) asks what are we to make of this public visibility, past and present? It explores English and American commemorations as a reflection of earlier controversies and concerns, and looks at the issues that underlie this year's 200th anniversary celebrations of his birth.
This Reunion Lecture, hosted by Cornell University Library, includes a viewing of the Library's exhibition "Charles Darwin: After the Origin."