Core 313Y
Darwin and the Victorian Age of Discovery

Three Victorian Perspectives

1

"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

2

"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

3

"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 ...

1

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

- Theodosius Dobzhansky



2

"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


3

"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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Other related courses: GEOL 115, GEOL 315, and GEOL 415


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