An Elusive Victorian: The Evolution of Alfred Russel Wallace by Martin Fichman

By Martin Fichman

Codiscoverer of the speculation of evolution through typical choice, Alfred Russel Wallace could be well-known as one of many titans of Victorian technology. in its place he has lengthy been relegated to a secondary position in the back of Darwin. Worse, many students have missed or maybe mocked his major contributions to different elements of Victorian tradition. With An Elusive Victorian, Martin Fichman offers the 1st entire analytical research of Wallace's lifestyles and arguable highbrow career.

Fichman examines not just Wallace's clinical paintings as an evolutionary theorist and box naturalist but in addition his philosophical matters, his involvement with theism, and his dedication to land nationalization and different sociopolitical reforms reminiscent of women's rights. As Fichman indicates, Wallace labored all through his existence to combine those humanistic and clinical pursuits. His aim: the advance of an evolutionary cosmology, a unified imaginative and prescient of humanity's position in nature and society that he was hoping may make sure the dignity of all individuals.

To display the various points of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but in addition probes the contents of his lesser recognized writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of think about Wallace's technology as targeted from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a together invaluable courting among the 2, one that formed Wallace into some of the most memorable characters of his time. totally situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its ancient and cultural context, Fichman's cutting edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technology, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.

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