The California Academy of Sciences presents


Lecture by David Quammen on September 28, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2006) – Charles Darwin nursed his idea about the evolution of species via natural selection for years. It had both political and religious implications that he knew would trouble those around him, including his own wife. In his new book The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, David Quammen captures the private side of this famous scientist, the deeply conflicted man who would struggle for decades with the notion of publishing his thoughts. Quammen also traces the parallel career of another field naturalist, Alfred Wallace, whose famous letter to Darwin announcing his work finally prompted the older man to publication.

This lecture takes place on Thursday, September 28 at 8 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Tickets are free for Academy members, $10 for non-members, and $6 for students, and may be purchased by calling 415-379-8000.

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin. Lecture by David Quammen, author of the acclaimed Monster of God and The Song of the Dodo. Thursday, September 28 at 8 pm. Free for Academy members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, 94118. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.


The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $10 for adults, $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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