The Selfish Genius
How Richard Dawkins Rewrote Darwin's Legacy by Fern Elsdon-Baker

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Fern Elsdon-Baker is currently head of the British Council Darwin Now project: an international project celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th publication of his most famous book On the Origin of Species.

Having originally studied Environmental Sciences, Elsdon-Baker then went on to complete her doctoral studies in the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory. In particular, her thesis explored the way in which usage of undifferentiated terminology can constrain both historical and contemporary scientific discourse around key concepts in evolutionary theory. Her ongoing research interests focus on the history and communication of theories of heredity, in relation to Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

A passionate believer in the interactive communication of Science and the History and Philosophy of Science, in her spare time she is the recorder for the History of Science section for the British Science Association, which helps to organise events on subjects relating to history, philosophy and sociology of science for the British Science Festival. The British Science festival is one of Europe's largest science festivals.  


She is also is on the council and programmes committee for the British Society for the History of Science. Founded in 1947, the BSHS is Britain's largest learned society devoted to the history of science, technology and medicine.  

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