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Dispelling the Darkness: Voyage in the Malay Archipelago and the Discovery of Evolution by Wallace and Darwin

By: John van Wyhe (Author)

421 pages, 16 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps

World Scientific Publishing

Paperback | Dec 2013 | #205337 | ISBN-13: 9789814458801
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Hardback | Sep 2013 | #204774 | ISBN-13: 9789814458795
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About this book

"The facts of variability, of the struggle for existence, of adaptation to conditions, were notorious enough; but none of us had suspected that the road to the heart of the species problem lay through them, until Darwin and Wallace dispelled the darkness."
- T H Huxley (1887)

Charles Darwin remains one of the most famous scientists in history. His life and work have been intensively investigated by historians for decades. In comparison, the other man to conceive of evolution by natural selection is comparatively forgotten – Alfred Russel Wallace. Dispelling the Darkness is based on the most thorough research programme ever conducted on Wallace. There are many surprises. As he travelled from island to island collecting vast numbers of exotic birds and insects, his ideas about species gradually evolved. Dispelling the Darkness reveals for the first time how Wallace solved one of the greatest mysteries of life on Earth.


- Introduction
- Great Expectations
- Empires of Steam
- Singapore
- Malacca and Borneo
- Testing the Waters
- Crossing the Line
- In Search of Paradise
- Struggle and Spice
- The Longest Day
- Darwin's Delay
- Crossing Back
- Counting Up

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