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In the Wake of the "Beagle": Science in the Southern Oceans from the Age of Darwin

Edited By: Iain McCalman and Nigel Erskine

192 pages, Col & b/w illus

NewSouth Publishing / University of New South Wales Press

Paperback | May 2009 | #181576 | ISBN-13: 9781921410949
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Strange as it may seem, the long wake of the tiny HMS Beagle stretches from the nineteenth century into the future of our globe. Charles Darwin spent only three months in Australia, but Australasia and the Pacific contributed to his evolutionary thinking in a variety of ways. One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species the internationally acclaimed authors of In the Wake of the Beagle provide new insights into the world of collecting, surveying and cross-cultural exchange in the antipodes in the age of Darwin.

They explore the groundbreaking work of Darwin and his contemporaries Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Wallace, examine the complex trading relationships of the region's daring voyagers, and take a very modern look at today's cutting-edge scientific research, at a time when global warming has raised the stakes to an unprecedented level.


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