Charles Darwin Blue Plaque on Gower Street London WC1, by Professor Joe Cain

Darwin in London

During research concerning Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin’s life at number 12 Upper Gower Street, London, I identified several errors and vagaries in biographical material found in standard reference works. This note communicates corrections and clarifications. There is some new information about the history of the house, and some corrections to baptism records associated with the Darwin family. This is all written up in an…

George Gaylord Simpson, 1956 (courtesy American Philosophical Society Library).

George Gaylord Simpson’s “Night Thoughts on Leaving the American Museum,” 1959

George Gaylord Simpson (1902-1984) was a leader in twentieth century vertebrate palaeontology, and he contributed to making the American Museum of Natural History a powerhouse in the field. In 1959, Simpson left his job at the museum in a bitter dispute with its management. Simpson never published a rationale for his resignation, but he secretly wrote one. After his first day unemployed, Simpson penned a…

Edward K. Ford (1908) The Brown Dog and His Memorial | Protest | Professor Joe Cain

Dissertations and Research Projects (Undergraduates) (Teaching)

Undergraduates in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) undertake final year projects resulting in dissertations or research reports. Professor Joe Cain supervises some students in this work, as do all academic staff in STS. The formal UCL module codes for include: HPSC0041 Dissertations (formerly HPSC3004) For students undertaking: History and Philosophy of Science BSc Science and Society BSc Sociology and the Politics of…

Professor Helen Chatterjee delivering 2015 Robert Grant Memorial Lecture

Robert Grant Memorial Lecture – list of speakers (1997-present)

The annual Robert Grant Memorial Lecture is held in honour of Professor Robert Edmond Grant (born 11 November 1793 in Edinburgh; died 23 August 1874 at home, 2 Euston Grove, more). Grant was a zoologist, an expert on comparative anatomy, an evolutionist, and a political radical. This annual lecture is organised by UCL Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy), with support from several UCL units, including…

Charles Darwin's Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (Penguin Classics), 1890 second edition, edited by Professor Joe Cain and Dr Sharon Messenger ISBN 9780141439440

Charles Darwin’s Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (1890 second edition) (book)

He who admits, on general grounds, that the structure and habits of all animals have been gradually evolved, will look at the whole subject of Expression in a new and interesting light. (Charles Darwin) New edition, with an upgrade First published in 1872, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was a book at the very heart of Darwin’s research interests – a…

Three snouters: Archirrhinos haeckelii, Rhinolimacius conchicauda, Nasobema lyricum (Order Rhinogradentia), from Stumpke (1961).

The Snouters and Gerolf Steiner (alias Harald Stumpke)

Every scientific discipline has inside jokes. Why? Because they perform social or intellectual work. In this post, Professor Joe Cain links jokelore to his project on one of biology’s most famous jokes, the Rhinogradentia, or “snouters”. This page supports a research paper published on the subject and provides additional materials. Historical research paper on Rhinogradentia Joe Cain. (2018). In My Tribe: What the Snouters (and…

William Jennings Bryan arrives in Dayton, Tennessee for 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial

Last Message of William Jennings Bryan (book)

As the Scopes ‘Monkey’ Trial came to an end in July 1925, William Jennings Bryan expected to deliver the prosecution’s closing argument. Procedural tactics by the defence prevented this. The trial ended without the long-awaited climatic moment in front of the world’s media. Five days later, unexpectedly, Bryan died. In their bereavement, supporters focused on Bryan’s unspoken words as their last chance to connect with…

D'OH - Homer Simpson

How Extremely Stupid: Source for Huxley’s Famous Quote

When asked about the Origin of Species and the theory of natural selection, Thomas Henry Huxley told friends, “how extremely stupid not to have thought of that”. This is well-known folklore, and much has been made of it. Though often repeated, it rarely is traced to its source and considered in its full frame. Just where did Huxley say this, and what’s the original context?…

Evolution - A Journal of Nature - sample covers

History of the Pro-Evolution Magazine “Evolution: A Journal of Nature,” 1927-1938

This page provides information about this otherwise lost magazine in the 1920s and 1930s devoted to promoting the teaching of evolution in US public schools. It was titled, Evolution: A Journal of Nature (EJN). It was produced by pro-evolutionists following the Scopes Trial in 1925 to give teachers material for responding to creationist pressures. Contents In the first issue, the Editor, Ludwig Erwin Ketterfeld described…

Evolution - A Journal of Nature - sample covers

Evolution: A Journal of Nature – contents listed, sorted by author

This page lists articles appearing in Evolution: A Jounral of Nature with contents sorted by issue, then author. This data is available as an Endnote file (Evolution – A Journal of Nature – Complete Table of Contents – Endnote Library). contents sorted by author all issues anonymous. 1927. Bamboo [gorilla infant in Philadelphia Zoo]. EJN 1 (1): 4. ———. 1927. A Cyclopian Human Race. EJN 1…