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Smashing species: Joseph Hooker and Victorian science

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October
092009

00:00 - 00:00

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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Joseph Dalton Hooker once described classifying plants as "wild & exciting work, the species go smash smash every day'. In this talk Jim Endersby will show that understanding why Hooker was so keen to "smash" species, and how he did it, helps us understand much about Victorian science, especially why Darwin's ideas about species were both useful and dangerous to his friends and colleagues.

Smashing species: Joseph Hooker and Victorian science

Public lecture by Dr Jim Endersby

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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