The Man and his Influence
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Charles Darwin by Peter J. Bowler
Book DescriptionDarwin's enormous influence on science and culture, begun during his lifetime, is still very evident today. The Origin of Species excited much debate and controversy, challenging the foundations of Christianity, yet underpinning the Victorian concept of progress, and today still evokes powerful and contradictory responses. Yet he was not first to publish evolutionary ideas and his theory of natural selection was not accepted by many of his contemporaries. Peter Bowler's study of Darwin's life and influence combines biography and cultural history. He shows how Darwin's contemporaries were unable to appreciate precisely those aspects of his thinking that are considered scientifically important today. Darwin was a product of his time, but he also transcended it, by creating an idea capable of being exploited by twentieth-century scientists and intellectuals who had very different values from his own.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521562225
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter J. Bowler
Darwin Deleted, Hardback (April 2013)
The ideas and terminology of Darwinism are so pervasive these days that it seems impossible to avoid them, let alone imagine a world without them. In this title, the author asks: What if Charles Darwin had not returned from the voyage of the Beagle and thus did not write "On the Origin of Species"?
Science for All, Hardback (September 2009)
Argues that the social environment of early twentieth-century Britain created a substantial market for science books and magazines aimed at those who had benefited from better secondary education but could not access higher learning.
Evolution, Paperback (September 2009)
Describes the development and impact of some of the most controversial of scientific theories. This book examines scholarship and trends within the study of evolution.
Cambridge History of Science: Volume 6, Modern Life and Earth Sciences, Hardback (April 2009)» View all books by Peter J. Bowler
A comprehensive and authoritative guide to developments in life and earth sciences since 1800.
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