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Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory - Harvard Museum of Natural History - Free Lecture

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Join us for an illustrated talk and book signing, followed by a reception with demonstrations of Darwin's botanical experiments...With James T. Costa, Professor, Department of Biology, Western Carolina University; Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, University of North Carolina.

Charles Darwin, iconic evolutionary biologist, was a naturalist with a passion for experiments. Sometimes quirky, always illuminating, Darwin's experiments were an ever-present part of his home life, taking over his house, garden, and greenhouse, as well as surrounding meadows and woodlands, while often involving family, friends, and neighbors as research assistants.

James Costa will discuss this inventive side of Darwin, detailed in his new book, Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. Following the lecture, visit the museum galleries for a glass of wine, where Harvard students and museum educators will demonstrate a selection of Darwin's experiments.

Free and open to the public. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage. Evolution Matters Lecture Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.

Harvard Museum of Natural History.
24 Oxford St.
Geological Lecture Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsor(s): Harvard Museum of Natural History
Time(s): 6:00 pm
Cost: Free, with free parking
Phone: 617-495-3045

Published on Friday, September 08, 2017.
All information is subject to change.

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