James Moore: "Fuegians, not finches: the meaning of Darwin's first contact"
- Date: 06 October, 13:15–15:00
- Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
- Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas, Office for History of Science
- Contact person: H. Otto Sibum
Office for History of Science
James Moore, Open University, UK: "Fuegians, not finches: the meaning of Darwin's first contact"
Popular preoccupation with the biogeography of the Galapagos Islands in the history of Darwin’s science has deflected attention from other sites that enabled him to work towards a theory of evolution during the second hydrographic voyage of HMS Beagle. By scrutinizing primary texts, maps and other images, this lecture seeks to convert the Galapagos preoccupation into a focus on Tierra del Fuego where, far more than in the Galapagos, Darwin had experiences leading to radically destabilizing thoughts that steeled him to devote his life to solving the contemporary ‘mystery of mysteries’, how living species originate naturally through common descent.