Events & Symposia

Crafty, Killer Orchids: Sex, Science, Fiction, and Darwin

Friday, March 31, 2017
LuEsther T. Mertz Library; 11 a.m.

Jim Endersby, Ass ociate Professor in the History of Science, University of Sussex

In the early twentieth century, three botanists independently solved two orchid mysteries that had long baffled earlier researchers, including Charles Darwin. In this talk, Jim Endersby will argue that it is only by following orchids across the borders between science and fiction, and between elite and popular botany, that it becomes possible to understand how a fact could suddenly became obvious when it had been invisible to an earlier generation.

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