D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson is best known for his ground-breaking book On Growth and Form, which laid the foundations for the science of mathematical biology. However that was just one of his many publications, and Museum Services recently staged a fascinating online event in collaboration with Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, exploring D’Arcy’s 1895 book A Glossary of Greek Birds. This extraordinary book combines his deep knowledge of natural history with his love for classical studies and mythology.

Building on D’Arcy’s own belief in fostering diversity and dialogue among disciplines, Tufts University are undertaking a unique project bringing together a team of humanists and scientists to uncover the contemporary relevance of a forgotten classic.

Speakers at the event were:

Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services, University of Dundee

Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Associate Professor, Classical Studies, Tufts University

Michael Reed, Professor of Biology, Tufts University

Zachary Fletcher, Senior Software Developer, Perseids Project, Classical Studies, Tufts University

Anthony Bucci, Lecturer, Computer Science, Tufts University

Jennifer Burton, Professor of the Practice, Drama and Dance, Tufts University

The recording of the event is now available to view online at:

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