Legacy of Darwin

Legacy of Darwin

Theme summary So wrote Charles Darwin in the conclusion to his On the Origin of Species (first edition, 1859): a work of far-reaching significance for an understanding of what it means to be human. If Darwin’s theories were initially ‘difficult to...
Modelling

Modelling

Theme summary Modelling, is a practice that has become a vital part of research and development in almost every sphere of modern life. Climate models, incorporating very complex equations of atmospheric and sea surface processes are used for weather and climate...
Being Human

Being Human

Theme summary What, if anything, is distinctive about being human? This question inspired a Renaissance that made ‘man’ (not God) the measure of things. It has prompted many cultures to set people above animals, along with the desire to rank some...
Water

Water

Theme summary About 1,460 teratonnes of water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds and precipitation. Water pervades the arts and the...
Futures I & II

Futures I & II

Theme summary From 2010-2012, the two IAS themes were on the subject of ‘Futures’. In the first year (2010-11), IAS Fellows and Durham academics discussed the problems of predicting and responding to future challenges in government, science and culture....