When: 4th October 2013, 1pm – 2pm
Where: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
What is it?
On 4th October The Royal Society is hosting a free lecture, ‘We are arriving at very curious results’: Charles Darwin and the practice of science.
He never wore a lab coat, and is famous principally for a theory, yet Charles Darwin’s contribution to scientific method is considerable and often overlooked. Working surrounded by his family in an ordinary Victorian country house he devised ingenious experiments on everything from human expression to insectivorous plants, worked out the taxonomy of barnacles, and observed unsuspected behaviours in organisms from ants to earthworms. In devising some of the most influential ideas ever formulated, he used everything that came to hand from the vegetables in the kitchen garden, to the drugs prescribed for his stomach complaints, and, along the way, he pioneered the use of the scientific questionnaire, and conducted perhaps the first ever recorded ‘single blind’ experiment.
The lecture will be given by Alison Pearn; Associate Director of the Darwin Project at the University of Cambridge.
This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required, seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors will open at 12.30pm.
More info: royalsociety.org/events