This comprehensive exhibition explores the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) whose curiosity, observations and discoveries nearly 150 years ago forever changed the perception of the origin of species and launched modern biological science. Simple yet at times controversial, misunderstood and misused for social goals, Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection theory remains unchallenged as the central concept of modern biology.
Two hundred years after the birth of the great English naturalist, Darwin's theory is still at the centre of cultural debate. First on view at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the exhibition interweaves the languages of history, narrative, naturalism, philosophy of science and contemporary experimental research. The adventurous life of the young Darwin, his complex family relations, his involvement in the English culture of the time and its conflicts, and the celebrated five-year journey round the world are documented in the show---from the initial questions, discoveries nd fears to the publication of The Origin of Species, which caused such outcry, in 1859. Including previously unexhibited material and organized in collaboration with Codice Cultura, the Italian version is curated by Niles Eldredge, head of the invertebrates division of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and one of the leading contemporary evolutionists, with the aid of Ian Tattersall, one of the world's leading experts on human evolution and director of the Hall of Human Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History. The American scholars have been assisted in their work by Telmo Pievani, associate professor of philosophy of science at the Milan Bicocca University, philosopher of biology and expert on evolutionary theory.
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