The University of Delaware Library announces the exhibition, “Ships, Science, and Selection: The Life and Legacy of Charles Darwin,” which will be on view on the first floor of the Morris Library from Monday, January 19, 2009 through Friday, June 5, 2009. The exhibition celebrates the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, February 12, 2009, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark work, On the Origin of Species. Included are library materials in a variety of formats from the period of Darwin’s work to the present day.
Materials presented in the exhibition include both critical and analytical material about Darwin and his
work and a selection of Darwin’s own writings. Represented works feature biographical information about Darwin, coverage of his voyages (the “ships”), his scientific discoveries (the “science”), and an overview of his theories of evolution (the “selection”), as viewed by writers and film makers.
Sample materials on the theories of evolution are also presented, offering a variety of viewpoints on the influence of Darwin’s theories on both the life sciences and the social sciences. New works are being produced today that discuss the current opinions on the legacy of this reluctant revolutionary from two centuries past.