Charles Darwin (1809-82) changed the world forever with the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy is an anthology of critical writings that grew out of a lecture series, hosted by Auburn University, held on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of Darwin's birth and the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the first edition of his most famous book. Ideas in On the Origin of Species reordered the biological sciences forever, spawned new disciplines including evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, and evolutionary developmental biology, became foundational for modern biomedical research and practice, inspired new literature and literary criticism, were misused by 20th-century eugenicists and social Darwinists, traumatized persons with certain theological views, and continue to alter humankind's view of itself and its place in the world. The seventeen contributors to this anthology tell an interdisciplinary story of Charles Darwin the person, Darwin's work and world-altering ideas, and Darwin's legacy.
About the Author
James Bradley (Editor) JAMES BRADLEY is Professor Emeritus in Biological Sciences at Auburn University. After studying biochemistry and cell and developmental biology at the Universities of Wisconsin and Washington, he moved to Auburn to teach cellular biology and direct graduate research on the biochemistry of insect eggs and embryos. He lives with his wife in Alabama where they show their grandchildren the wonders of nature through camping, fishing, gardening, and rockhounding. Jay Lamar (Editor) JAY LAMAR is the Director of Special Programs for the Office of the Provost and University Libraries at Auburn University. She serves directly with the Office of Undergraduate Studies on special lectures and the common reading program and with the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the Ralph B. Draughon Library. For more than two decades she was director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, where she helped forge partnerships between the university and the community. She is co-editor of The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers.