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Darwin, Evolution, Evolutionisms


Authors: Ana Leonor Pereira; João Rui Pita; Pedro Ricardo Fonseca
Language: English
ISBN: 978-989-26-0137-3
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0342-1
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: December 2011
Price: 19,50 €
Size: 240 mm x 170 mm
N.º Pages: 180


150 years ago, on 24th November 1859, Darwin launched a new paradigm of natural history with the publication of his work On the Origin of the Species. As epistemology has shown, Darwin’s theory of descent with modification, or the theory of natural selection, took some 20 years to develop (i.e. between 1837 and 1859, broadly speaking). The 150-year history of Darwinism and evolution show the fecundity of this theory, in both the life sciences and culture. In Portugal, as in much of the rest of the world, the reception of Darwin only really got going in the 1960s, and took an interesting form. In 2009, the History and Sociology of Science group at the Centre for 20th century Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Coimbra organized the international conference on “Darwin, Darwinisms, Evolution (1859-2009)”, to provide a forum for anyone interested in the subject, both nationally and internationally. The texts published here are extended versions of the papers presented at that conference.