100 Years On: Alfred Russel Wallace, Evolution's Unsung Discoverer - Arnold Arboretum Lecture

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Remarkably, what is arguably the simplest and most powerful theory in all of science, the theory of evolution by natural selection, was discovered not once but twice.

It was developed completely independently by two Victorian scientists, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Today Darwin is famous, the face of evolution, but Wallace is very little known.

In this talk, on, to the day, the centenary of Wallace's death, Professor Andrew Berry will address three issues.

1. Why was this long sought theory discovered twice and more or less at the same time?

2. Who was Wallace, and how did he come to the idea?

3. Why has Wallace been so comprehensively eclipsed by Darwin in the popular imagination?

Overall, this talk is a celebration of Wallace's life and extraordinary contributions. He was a visionary scientist, bold adventurer, superb writer, and compassionate campaigner.

Students must call 617-384-5277 to register for free.

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sponsor(s): Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Time(s): 7:00-8:00pm
Cost: $10, Free for Arnold Arboretum members & students
Phone: 617-384-5277

Date Added: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
All information is subject to change.

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