The Genius of Charles Darwin

Few scientists have contributed as profoundly to scientific thought as Charles Darwin, the legendary biologist whose travels to the Galapagos Islands on the Beagle inspired him to formulate his theory of evolution. Here, his history is explored, and experts weigh in on how events in his personal life influenced his scientific process. Meanwhile, they reflect upon his legacy and how he has impacted human thought in a wide variety of ways in the more than two centuries since he was born. The specifics of evolution are still under intense debate, but Darwin's discoveries and hypotheses remain absolutely invaluable even now.

Channel 4
1 Season, 3 Episodes
September 27, 2009
Science & Technology, History
Cast: Richard Dawkins
The Genius of Charles Darwin

The Genius of Charles Darwin Full Episode Guide

  • In this final episode Dawkins examines why Darwin's theory remains one of the most controversial ideas in history.

  • In the second programme Dawkins explains that Darwin's Theory of Evolution presented a disturbing truth: that humans are animals, asking 'what does it mean to be evolved'?

  • In the first part of this series, Richard Dawkins retraces Darwin's journey as a scientist, from the UK via Africa, to America.

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