Episode 18 — The Evolution of the Theory of Evolution, Part 1 of 2

posseToday, the 12th of February, 2008, is the 199th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Since this has been dubbed “Darwin Day,” and all sorts of events are planned for the upcoming year commemorating Darwin’s turning the “big 2-0-0” (as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his “Origin of Species”) in 2009, I thought it’d be a good time to discuss how evolutionary theory became what it is today, and what Darwin’s unique contributions to the theory really were.

In part one, we’ll talk about the development of evolutionary theory leading up to Darwin and his contemporaries.

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4 Responses to Episode 18 — The Evolution of the Theory of Evolution, Part 1 of 2

  1. Kaa says:

    I cringe when you try to say French words. 🙂

    In French, the “j” is pronounced as a “zh” like the “s” in the word “treasure.”

    So “jardin” (garden) is pronounced “zhar DAN,” not “harden” or “har DEEN,” which is more Spanish. (The ‘in’ is actually more of a nasalized sound halfway between a schwa and a short ‘a’, but if you say it as “an” you’re fairly close.)

    Similarly, in the French name “Georges,” the ‘s’ is silent, and both “g”s are pronounced as “zh”: “zhorzh”

  2. Sam Wise says:

    Sorry — I freely acknowledge that my pronunciation of French words is still lacking (and as you probably suspected, I’m better at Spanish)! At least I’m trying (likely in both senses of the word)…

    Thanks for the pronunciation help, I’ll keep it handy the next time I have a podcast using French names.

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  4. Hank says:

    If you are doing anything for Darwin Day again this year, let us know so we can get the word out. http://www.scientificblogging.com/darwin_day_2009

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