The P4K festival is a large-scale event featuring many prestigious researchers behind some of the most important scientifc discoveries of recent years. The talks held are being offered in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Baluarte Conference Centre, and are open to the general public, allowing anyone interested in science to continue learning alongside Nobel Laureates and world-class experts.
Who discovered evolution?
Abstract: Charles Darwin is the obvious answer to this seemingly simple question. But, a careful reading of the record shows that roughly 70 different individuals published papers or even whole books on the topic of evolution before Darwin first did so. Between 1748 and 1859, the year that Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published, evolutionary ideas were emerging across Europe and the United States. These early evolutionary thinkers, now almost entirely forgotten, included biologists, geologists, horticulturists, physicians, clergymen, atheists, philosophers, high school teachers, and poets. Professor Friedman will introduce some of the cast of pre-Darwinian evolutionists. In doing so, he will examine the nature of scientific discovery and attribution. What does it mean to “discover” or to have an “idea” in the sciences? And is Charles Darwin, the seventy-first evolutionist, deserving of historical credit for being the person who brought forth an evolutionary view of the world.