Martin Fichman's An Elusive Victorian: The Evolution of Alfred Russel Wallace PDF

By Martin Fichman

Codiscoverer of the idea of evolution by means of normal choice, Alfred Russel Wallace might be well-known as one of many titans of Victorian technological know-how. as a substitute he has lengthy been relegated to a secondary position at the back of Darwin. Worse, many students have missed or maybe mocked his major contributions to different points of Victorian tradition. With An Elusive Victorian, Martin Fichman offers the 1st complete analytical research of Wallace's existence and debatable highbrow career.

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

To display the various features of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but additionally probes the contents of his lesser identified writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of think about Wallace's technological know-how as designated from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a collectively invaluable dating among the 2, one that formed Wallace into probably the most memorable characters of his time. absolutely situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its historic and cultural context, Fichman's leading edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technological know-how, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.

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