Charles Darwin: Evolution and Beyond

GENINT 731.389

Osher (50+). In this course, we look at the life and work of Charles Darwin.


About this course:

Charles Darwin’s meticulous observations of the natural world shaped a theory that still drives the contemporary scientific agenda. His insights about natural selection produced the seminal book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, which has withstood 150 years of scrutiny. In the twentieth century, evolutionary theory has broadened and changed as his ideas melded with genetics into neo-Darwinism. Emerging models of evolutionary processes, including epigenetics and CRISPR technologies, now lead us beyond Darwin to twenty-first century frontiers and a new scientific revolution. In this course, we look at the life and work of this humble yet tormented English naturalist, and examine how his remarkable legacy provides a bridge from the past to the future. No background in science is required; only curiosity and a desire to stimulate your mind, as we examine and translate serious ideas into fun and accessible concepts.

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