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The Health Science Center Library was pleased to host this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine from October 22 - December 8, 2010!
Charles Darwin’s 1859 work, On the Origin of Species, was instantly seen as a potent sign of a new science, a new way of conceiving the world. His theory was an immediate threat not just to those who were wedded to an older conception, but to all who relied on a given and settled order for meaning and for power. Emerging just as liberal reforms in western society seemed headed for radical explosion, just as technological change provided a social and economic motor that sped up life beyond all imagining, changes in science portended changes in society: “things fall apart; the center cannot hold.”
This exhibition was originally designed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (24 November 1859), using materials from the National Library of Medicine
This exhibition is brought to you by the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of History.
Curated by: Paul Theerman and Michael Sappol
Drawing of evolutionary tree of life from Darwin’s Notebook B. Courtesy of Cambridge University Library/ Darwin Online
Image of elephant skeleton found in Cuvier’s Recherches sur les ossemens
Courtesy National Library of Medicine
'That Troubles Our Monkey Again,' in Fun, November 16, 1872. Courtesy of Yale University Library