Making New Plants: A History

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This lecture examines the work of Hugo de Vries, a Dutch botanist who was one of the first to claim that science would allow plants and animals to be designed to order. 

It also looks at the early twentieth-century ‘Station for Experimental Evolution’ in New York, and at the utopian vision of Charlotte Gilman Perkins’ Herland (1915), a novel describing a lost world populated by women that took the form of a perfect garden, whose wonderful plants and lack of men were both explained by de Vries’ theory of mutation.

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Jim Endersby, Gresham Visiting Professor of the History of Science. 

Professor Jim Endersby

Visiting Professor of the History of Science

Jim Endersby is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex.

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