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Title Alfred Russel Wallace / Patrick Armstrong.
Author Armstrong, Patrick, 1941- author.
Publication London : Reaktion Books, 2019.
Description 175 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Series Critical lives
Critical lives (London, England)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-172).
Summary Sometimes referred to as the "Father of Biogeography," Alfred Russel Wallace has come to be known as the co-originator of the theory of evolution through natural selection, and he also wrote extensively on zoology, botany, anthropology, politics, astronomy, and psychology. Although notorious in his day for his unpopular and eccentric beliefs, he is still recognized as one of the leading figures in nineteenth-century British science. In this book, Patrick Armstrong illuminates the many facets of Wallace's long life, which extended from 1823 until the eve of World War I. He shows Wallace to be, in many ways, a more interesting character than his colleague and friend, evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin. Taking a psychological approach, this compact yet comprehensive biography gives insight into a man who was frequently plagued with misfortune; legal problems, inability to obtain full-time employment, and relationship troubles all vexed him. Armstrong unlocks the life of a restless traveler who, although raised with "a very ordinary" education, would go on to become one of the most influential, extraordinary scientists of his time.
Contents Early life -- South American journey -- Eight years in southeast Asia -- The natural selection insight and its aftermath -- The maturing scientist -- The radical and the heretic -- To the end of the universe -- 'A contented man' -- Some thoughts on Wallace's mind and character.
Subject Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913.
Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913. (OCoLC)fst00040683
Naturalists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Evolution (Biology) -- History -- 19th century.
Evolution (Biology) (OCoLC)fst00917302
Naturalists. (OCoLC)fst01034543
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 1789140854 paperback
9781789140859 paperback

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