London – Darwin’s Abominable Mystery: Facing the Unknown in Science


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Church of Christ the King
Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, WC1 0AG
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Speaker: Dr Richard Buggs


Charles Darwin exclaimed that the origin of the flowering plants was an “abominable mystery” in a letter to the Director of Kew Gardens in 1879. Despite numerous attempts to solve it, this mystery is arguably deeper today than it was for Darwin. This prompts us to question our attitude to the unknown in science. Are ongoing mysteries abominable, or could they be sacred?

Dr Richard Buggs is Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Reader at Queen Mary University of London. His research has been published in journals such as Nature, Current Biology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and Evolution. He holds a doctorate in plant science from University of Oxford.

Church of Christ the King, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, WC1 0AG
Entry: £3 (pay on the door)