Alfred Russell Wallace: A Life

Alfred Russell Wallace A Life In aged thirty five weak with malaria isolated in the remote Spice Islands Alfred Russel Wallace wrote to Charles Darwin he had he said excitedly worked out a theory of natural selection Da

  • Title: Alfred Russell Wallace: A Life
  • Author: Peter Raby
  • ISBN: 9780712665773
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1858, aged thirty five, weak with malaria, isolated in the remote Spice Islands, Alfred Russel Wallace wrote to Charles Darwin he had, he said excitedly, worked out a theory of natural selection Darwin was aghast his work of decades was about to be scooped Within a fortnight, his outline and Wallace s paper were presented jointly in London A year later, with WallaIn 1858, aged thirty five, weak with malaria, isolated in the remote Spice Islands, Alfred Russel Wallace wrote to Charles Darwin he had, he said excitedly, worked out a theory of natural selection Darwin was aghast his work of decades was about to be scooped Within a fortnight, his outline and Wallace s paper were presented jointly in London A year later, with Wallace still at the opposite side of the world, On the Origin of Species was published Wallace had none of Darwin s advantages or connections Born in Usk, Gwent, in 1823, he left school at fourteen and in his mid twenties spent four years in the collecting for museums and wealthy patrons, only to lose all his finds in a shipboard fire in mid Atlantic He vowed never to travel again Yet two years later he was off to the East Indies, beginning an eight year trek over thousands of miles here he discovered countless unknown species and identified for the first time the point of divide between Asian and Australian fauna, Wallace s Line With vigour and sensitivity, Peter Raby reveals Wallace as a courageous and unconventional explorer After his return, he plunged into a variety of controversies, staying vital and alert until his death at the age of 90, in 1913 Gentle, self effacing, and remarkably free from the racism that blighted so many of his contemporaries, Wallace is one of the neglected giants of the history of science and ideas This stirring biography the first for many years puts him at centre stage, where he belongs.

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    1. Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving of the theory of evolution through natural selection, explaining that species differentiated over time and "were not created immutable." Wallace emphasized the environmental pressures on species that forced them to adapt to their environment.He spent years collecting insects, birds, and animals from some of the most remote and difficult pla [...]


    2. Well-researched and comprehensive biography, if a little dry of human feeling. Raby treats the great accomplishment of Wallace's life—his theory of natural selection—as simply another event in his life. The book spends as much time on everything else Wallace accomplished a regrettable amount of petty lawsuits and advocating for spiritualism. This is interesting to think about in the abstract (what do people famous for One Thing do afterwards? Who and what are they separate from that One Thin [...]


    3. I read this biography of Wallace while simultaneously reading Wallace's Malay Archipelago. At first, I thought the two were redundant and I was about to abandon the Raby volume, but after a slow start, he begins to add other information to Wallace's accounts of his travels and studies which definitely enrich the reading experience. For example, while Wallace may have written of an incident in Malay Archipelago, Raby will recount parts of a letter he may have written to his mother or brother or f [...]


    4. Inspiring biography of this scientific pioneer. It made me want to move to a small Indonesian island and pin insects to boards for the rest of my life.


    5. A very full and well researched account of the life of this now neglected Victorian naturalist. It really shows the breath of his interests over his long life from tropical explorer and naturalist to his work on land reform, socialism, and his passionate belief in the spirit world. It also demonstrated how during his life time he was accredited with Darwin to the theory of evolution by natural selection and it is only in the 20th century that his contribution to natural science was largely forgo [...]


    6. What are we to make of Wallace? On the one hand, he spent many arduous, years doing the hard work of a field naturalist in the and the Malay Archipelago studying and collecting species, and he wrote a brilliant summary of the theory of natural selection while recovering from malaria in Sarawak on the other side of the earth from Darwin, who was suddenly jolted into publishing his own long simmering theory. Unfortunately for the biographer (and this reader), Wallace lived another half century. A [...]


    7. My hero!Interestingly enough, Peter Raby, the author, is not a scientist but instead a lecturer on Drama and English at Cambridge. Perhaps that accounts for this very human biography, less centered on science and more on personality, which was fine by me. Wallace was an admirable person in many respects, yet Raby doesn't shy away from his foibles and downright wrong-headed notions, either. Wallace is such an appealing underdog -- it's very hard not to be impressed by his wide-ranging, independen [...]


    8. Raby brings a fullness to Wallace's biography with a readable, accessible style. He relates the story while portraying Wallace's thought process, feeling, intellectual and social commitments and how these aspects of the man came together to influence his relationships and life choices. Throughout the book, but especially in the last chapter, Raby critiques the rehash made of the Darwin-Wallace exchange around the theory of evolution by natural selection and subsequent events. More than just an e [...]


    9. Great biography of the greatest working-class naturalist that ever lived. Fuck Darwin! ARW concocted the theory of natural selectionwith the help of some interesting insular populations of Indonesian birdwing butterflies.


    10. Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace has been a hero of mine ever since I found out about him. After reading this biography, he's still my hero, flaws and feet of clay, all. Every biologist in the world should read his biography.



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