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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse What Darwin Didn't Know for describing
all we've learned and discovered about evolution since Darwin
first introduced his theory of natural selection.

What Darwin Didn't Know
The Modern Science of Evolution
Lectures by Professor Scott Solomon

What Darwin Didn't Know (2019) - 24 lectures, 12 hours
What Darwin Didn't Know  at TheGreatCourses.com

An award-winning professor and naturalist introduces you to everything Darwin didn't know about the field he invented.

Writing the final pages of his masterpiece The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin looked ahead to the work yet to be done on his groundbreaking theory of evolution by natural selection. “In the distant future,” he predicted, “I see open fields for far more important researches.”

How right he was. In the more than a century and a half since Origin was published in 1859, evolution has emerged as the fundamental concept in all of biology, explaining Earth’s endlessly diverse organisms while spawning new disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, and evolutionary medicine. The tremendous progress in the fields that emerged from his original theories would have astounded even Darwin, who did not live to see developments such as:

  • The discovery of the rules of heredity;
  • The identification of DNA as the carrier of genetic information;
  • Fossil discoveries that fill major evolutionary gaps and offer new insights;
  • The recognition of multiple mass extinctions in Earth’s history;
  • The ability to read the genetic code of any organism; and
  • The power to manipulate genetic material.

And this is just a sample of the deep insights and remarkable conclusions that Darwin’s ideas inspired. What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution charts this scientific revolution in 24 stimulating half-hour lectures suitable for curious learners at all levels, no matter what your background in science.

Darwin is renowned for his globe-circling voyage on the HMS Beagle when he was a young man, collecting observations that eventually led to the theory of natural selection. The outstanding teacher of What Darwin Didn’t Know is no less a world traveler. Professor Scott Solomon of Rice University has explored much of Earth’s amazing biodiversity as a field biologist, and he brings hands-on experience to these fascinating lectures, which cover 160 years of non-stop scientific advances.

Scott Solomon is an Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University, where he teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication. He received his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Solomon has also worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and with Sao Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil. He regularly lectures on science topics to the general public and is the author of Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: What Darwin Knew and Why It Still Matters 13: Evolution Doesn't Repeat but it Rhymes
2: Inheritance: Darwin's Missing Link 14: The Evolution of Extreme Life
3: Genome Mutations: Evolution's Raw Material 15: Imperfect Nature: Ad Hoc Body Designs
4: Gene Flow versus Natural Selection 16: The Sterile Worker Paradox
5: Geology and Genes: The Geography of Life 17: Coevolution: Peace Accords and Arms Races
6: Genetic Drift: When Evolution Is Random 18: Microbiomes: Evolution with Small Partners
7: Rapid Evolution within Species 19: The Evolution of Brains and Behavior
8: Evolution in the Lab 20: The Evolution of Sex and Parenting
9: The Many Origins of Species 21: The Evolution of Aging and Death
10: Cambrian Explosion to Dinosaur Extinction 22: Evolutionary Medicine
11: Reconstructing the Tree of Life with DNA 23: Gene Editing and Directed Evolution
12: Human Evolution in All Directions 24: The Future of Human Evolution

 

What Darwin Didn't Know
The Modern Science of Evolution
Lectures by Professor Scott Solomon

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse What Darwin Didn't Know for describing
all we've learned and discovered about evolution since Darwin
first introduced his theory of natural selection.