The Heretic in Darwin's Court: The Life of Alfred Russel Wallace

The Heretic in Darwin's Court: The Life of Alfred Russel Wallace

Ross A. Slotten


During their lifetimes, Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin shared credits and reputation for the self reliant and near-simultaneous discovery of common choice. jointly, the 2 males spearheaded one of many maximum highbrow revolutions in sleek background, and their competition, often amicable yet sometimes acrimonious, cast sleek evolutionary idea. but this present day, few buyers be aware of a lot approximately Wallace.

The Heretic in Darwin's Court explores the arguable lifestyles and medical contributions of Alfred Russel Wallace―Victorian traveller, scientist, spiritualist, and co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of normal choice. After interpreting his early years, the biography turns to Wallace's twelve years of usually harrowing travels within the western and japanese tropics, which position him within the pantheon of the best explorer-naturalists of the 19th century. Tracing step by step his discovery of traditional selection―a piece of medical detective paintings as innovative in its implications because the discovery of the constitution of DNA―the ebook then follows the rest fifty years of Wallace's eccentric and enjoyable lifestyles. as well as his divergence from Darwin on basic issues―sexual choice and the foundation of the human mind―he pursued themes that almost all clinical figures of his day conspicuously kept away from, together with spiritualism, phrenology, mesmerism, environmentalism, and existence on Mars.

Although there's confrontation approximately his conclusions, Wallace's highbrow investigations into the origins of lifestyles, awareness, and the universe itself stay essentially the most encouraged clinical accomplishments in heritage. This authoritative biography casts new mild at the existence and paintings of Alfred Russel Wallace and the significance of his twenty-five-year dating with Charles Darwin.

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