Core 313Y
Darwin and the Victorian Age of Discovery

Three Victorian Perspectives


"All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all."

- Mrs. C.F. Alexander


"There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

- Charles Darwin


"Now what I want is facts. Facts alone are wanted in life."

- Charles Dickens

Three 20th and 21st Century Perspectives
Excerpts from The New York Times (June 25, 2007) op-ed on Evolution Is ...


"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution"

- Theodosius Dobzhansky


"Species evolve exactly as if they were adapting
as best they could to a changing world,
and not at all as if they were moving toward a set goal"

- George Gaylord Simpson


"When you were a tadpole and I was a fish
In the Palaeozoic time,
And side by side on th ebbing tide
We sprawled through the ooze and slime"

- Langdon Smith, from the poem "Evolution"


Professor:  Constance Soja, Colgate University, Department of Geology

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