This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Without doubt, Charles Darwin is the most important figure in the history of biology. Arguably he is the most important figure in the history of science - because his ideas are so accessible to"everyday folks," and so pertinent to a rational view of us and our place in nature. On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection is Darwin at his eloquent, deliberate, and understated best.
Our purpose is to read Darwin in contex - his forerunners and forebears, his life experience, the intellectual milieu of mid-19th Century Britain. We will also spend some time wondering why - some 13 decades after his death - this gentle giant of an intellect is still reviled by some and revered by others.
Readings: Darwin, C.; On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; ISBN-10: 0674637526, ISBN-13: 978-0674637528. Note: It is imperative to have the facsimile reprint of The Origin, published by Harvard University Press. This is unique among editions in print because it is not re-set and re-paged, but an actual facsimile, so retains original pagination. For close, cooperative reading, you will need to have this edition.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.