British Science Week: Focus on Erasmus Darwin

Friday 6th March 2020 - Sunday 15th March 2020

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Best known today as the grandfather of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin was an extraordinary 18th century physician, philosopher, scientist and poet. ‘Zoonomia; or the Laws of Organic Life’, first published in 1794, took more than 20 years to write. This remarkable book is a comprehensive study of the functioning of the human mind and body that anticipated the theories of evolution developed some 70 years later by his grandson. This wide-ranging book introduces complex ideas, with simple experiments you can try for yourself.

The Cathedral Library’s copy of Darwin’s ‘Zoonomia’ will be displayed in the Cathedral from the 6th-15th March.

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