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On the oddness of Darwin

The year 1809 was remarkable for producing figures of great historical importance, including Lincoln, Chopin, Poe, Braille, Tennyson and many others. But no other figure produced as dramatic an effect on society as the English naturalist Charles Darwin. His groundbreaking theory of evolution had a major impact on religion, education, history and our conception of humankind. Now, 200 years after his birth and 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species, the CBC Digital Archives looks at the history of Darwin, his controversial theory and the ways in which his thoughts still affect the world.

Historian Allan Gould offers and energetic and entertaining look at the life of Charles Darwin, including some not-so-well-known anecdotes about how his big nose almost cost him a berth on the Beagle and how he learned not to put beetles in his mouth. 
• As guest Allan Gould mentions, Charles Darwin not only shares a birthday with Abraham Lincoln, but his birth year was a big one for famous names. Gould lists a few, but also forgets Louis Braille, Nikolai Gogol, Joseph Haydn and Oliver Wendell Holmes

• Darwin was a member of the Athenaeum club, a prestigious gentlemen's club in London. He joined on the same day as Charles Dickens.

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: April 15, 1982
Guest(s): Allan Gould
Host: Hana Gartner
Duration: 4:12
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Last updated: February 8, 2012

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