Darwin's Ghosts

Darwin's Ghosts

The Secret History of Evolution

eBook - 2012
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK"[An] extraordinarily wide-ranging and engaging book [about] the men who shaped the work of Charles Darwin . . . a book that enriches our understanding of how the struggle to think new thoughts is shared across time and space and people."--The Sunday Telegraph (London)Christmas, 1859. Just one month after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter. He had expected criticism; in fact, letters were arriving daily, most expressing outrage and accusations of heresy. But this letter was different. It accused him of failing to acknowledge his predecessors, of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Darwin realized that he had made an error in omitting from Origin of Species any mention of his intellectual forebears. Yet when he tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, he...
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2012
ISBN: 9780679604136

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Mitsouko1 Feb 22, 2017

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ellend
Mar 25, 2014

Extremely engaging read, was sorry to put it down. Stott brings the long history of natural philosophy into perspective through the lives of those whose ideas shaped the world as we see it today. Her narrative sweeps through time and space and takes us along for the ride.

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Norman C. Smith
May 18, 2013

This is a good book for those who are interested in learning about the development of scientific ideas over a period of millennia (Aristotle to Darwin). It is generally well-written, though a little sluggish in places, but worth the effort. I was particularly impressed in how challenging it was for each of the individuals described to make a living while theorizing, and in many cases to develop the courage to present their findings and hypotheses in the face of orthodox thinking. If you are looking for a book on the development of the theory of natural selection, though, it would be better to focus on Darwin and Wallace. And ... ignore the word "Secret" in the title; it is just a come-on, not to be taken seriously.

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