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Darwinism, Creative Evolution, and Popular Narratives of 'Life's Splendid Drama'

2009 has been the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’. On 29-30 June, the British Academy, the Royal Society, and the American Philosophical Society held a joint conference in Cambridge to celebrate. One of the participants, Professor Peter Bowler FBA, here discusses the extent to which early accounts of evolution portrayed it as one big adventure story.

• Peter Bowler

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 14 (November 2009).