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150 years ago, Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution were first announced in public - to a meeting of the Linnean Society in London. Oddly, almost no one noticed! now we look at his ideas and the impact they have made.
Lecture 1 Darwin and the Evolution of an Idea - Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis, University of Otago
In the last 2000 years there has been one idea, above all else, that has altered the way we view the world and our place in it. That idea is evolution by natural selection and the originator of the idea was Charles Darwin.
NRP846/1 CD $30.00
Professor Rainey paints a picture of life's evolution from the perspective of major evolutionary transitions, including that from solitary organisms to societies.
NRP846/2 CD $30.00
Lecture 3 The Principle of Evolution: Absolute Simplicity - Professor David Penny CNZM FRSNZ, Research Director, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Massey University
Can we find anything in biology that is not understandable, or not explainable, by the things we can observe and measure in the present? Evolution is, by far, the simplest possible way of understanding ourselves, our past and our future.
NRP846/3 CD $30.00
Lecture 4 The Fossil Record - Professor Alan Cooper, Director, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, The University of Adelaide
How should we interpret what the fossil record tells us about evolution - both in general and with regard to how New Zealand has ended up as it is today?
NRP846/4 CD $30.00
Lecture 5 Evolutionary Psychology - Professor Russell Gray, The University of Auckland
Attempts to explain human behaviour in evolutionary terms have amixed history. Today, crude social Darwinian and socio-biological explanations are increasingly being replaced by richer, more complex theories.
NRP846/5 CD $30.00
Lecture 6 The storytelling Ape: Evolution, Art, Story and Culture - Professor Brian Boyd, The University of Auckland
Brian Boyd will focus on art, perhaps the feature of human behaviour that might seem to have least to do with a struggle for existence. Can biology explain why art (music, dance, visual art, storytelling and verse) is a human universal? Why do we so compulsively invent and engage with stories we know to be untrue?
NRP846/6 CD $30.00
Boxed set 6 CD's NRP846 $75.00
The Transit of Venus on June 8th 2004 saw the planet Venus moving across the face of the Sun. Lasting about six hours, the entire transit was visible from Europe, the Middle East , most of Africa and Asia however it was not visible in NZ as it began after 5 pm and ended about 11.30pm
This a very rare planetary alignment, the last being some 121 years ago. To note the event in 2004, the Royal Society of New Zealand, in association with Radio New Zealand , presented a series of six lectures covering the broad themes related to the Transit of Venus.
CD1 How The Land Got Here
Dr. Hamish Campbell - the split from Gondwanaland and the development of our unique flora and fauna. Introduction by poet Chris Orsman of Wellington.
NRP 663.1 CD $30.00
CD2 The Ancients And The Stars
Dr. Richard Hall - Stonehenge. How the ancients, from Babylonians to Polynesians, interpreted and used the stars. Stonehenge in Britain and the construction of Stonehenge Aotearoa in the Wairarapa. Introduction by Dr. Grant Christie.
NRP 663.2 CD $30.00
CD3 Pacific Voyaging And Navigation
Dr. Peter Adds - Maori studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Introduction by science historian Dr. John Stenhouse.
NRP 663.3 CD $30.00
CD4 Science In Cook’s Time
Dr. Duncan Steel - Science in the age of enlightenment, the quest to find the distance to the Sun. longitude. Intro by John Hisco, President of the Astronomical Society of South Australia.
NRP 663.4 CD $30.00
CD5 Cook’s First Voyage
Dame Anne Salmond - First encounters between Maori and Europeans. Introduction by Prof. David Mackay, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington.
NRP 663.5 CD $30.00
CD6 Voyages In Time And Space
Prof. Paul Callaghan - What are the challengers now? The search for dark matter, other life and other universes.
With Alan MacDiarmid. Professor of Physical Sciences, Vic Uni of Wellington .
NRP 663.6 CD $30.00
NRP 663 6 CD set $75.00
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