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Richard Dawkins delivers this year's Open University lecture - you can ask your questions, watch live online and catch it later here on Open2.
Professor Richard Dawkins’ lecture, presented to an invited audience at the Natural History Museum, will investigate if Darwin was the most revolutionary scientist ever, and examine the evolutionary theories of his contemporaries.
Richard Dawkins suggests that there are four "bridges to evolutionary understanding" and illustrates this with four claimants to the discovery of natural selection: Edward Blyth, Patrick Matthew, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin.
The fifth bridge of evolutionary understanding is identified as modern genetics – which he terms digital Darwinism.
After the lecture a questions and answers session will take place, involving a panel of Darwin experts and hosted by Jonathan Silvertown, Professor of Ecology at The Open University and editor of the book 99% Ape. If you'd like to raise a question for consideration by the panel, please use the form below.
The panel includes: Jim Moore4, Professor of the History of Science at The Open University and co-author of Darwin’s Sacred Cause; Doctor Peter Skelton, Reader in Palaeobiology at The Open University and a contributor to 99% Ape and Steve Jones5, Professor of Genetics at University College London and author of Darwin’s Island: the Galapagos in the Garden of England.
The Annual Lecture is held in partnership with Darwin 200 and co-hosted by the Natural History Museum 6, and forms part of the Darwin 200 celebrations.
Watch the lecture live
7.30pm, 17th March 2009
The lecture will be webcast live from the Natural History Museum and you can watch via the Open University Darwin 200 website 7.
... or catch it later
The lecture will be offered as an on-demand webcast here on Open2 from this summer.
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