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Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace

Edited By: Charles H Smith and George Beccaloni

482 pages, b&w halftones, 8 page colour plate section

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Mar 2010 | #182879 | ISBN-13: 9780199239177
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 - 1913) was one of the late nineteenth century's most potent intellectual forces. His link to Darwin as co-discoverer of the principle of natural selection alone would have secured him a place in history, but he went on to complete work entitling him to recognition as the 'father' of modern biogeographical studies, as a pioneer in the field of astrobiology, and as an important contributor to subjects as far-ranging as glaciology, land reform, anthropology and ethnography, and epidemiology. Beyond this, many are coming to regard Wallace as the pre-eminent field biologist, collector, and naturalist of tropical regions. Add to that the fact that he was a vocal supporter of spiritualism, socialism, and the rights of the ordinary person, and it quickly becomes apparent that Wallace was a man of extraordinary breadth of attention. Yet his work in many of these areas is still not well known, and still less recognized is his relevance to current day research almost 100 years after his death.


INTRODUCTION; 1. Homes Sweet Homes: A Biographical Tour of Wallace's Many Places of Residence; PART I IN THE WORLD OF NATURE; 2. "Ardent Beetle-Hunters": Natural History, Collecting, and the Theory of Evolution; 3. Theory and Practice in the Field: Wallace's Work in Natural History (1844-1858); 4. Wallace's Annoted Copy of the Darwin-Wallace Paper on Natural Selection; 5. Wallace and the Species Concept of the Early Darwinians; 6. Direct Selection for Reproductive Isolation: The Wallace Effect and Reinforcement; 7. The Colours of Animals: From Wallace to the Present Day I. Cryptic Coloration; 8. The Colours of Animals: From Wallace to the Present Day II. Conspicuous Coloration; 9. Alfred Russel Wallace, Biogeographer; 10. Wallace and the Great Ice Age; 11. Wallace, Conservation, and Sustainable Developement; PART II IN THE WORLD OF MAN AND WORLDS BEYOND; 12. The "Finest Butterfly in the World?" : Wallace and His Literary Legacy; 13. Wallace and Owenism; 14. Wallace, Women, and Eugenics; 15. Out of "the Limbo of 'Unpractical Politics'": The Origins and Essence of Wallace's Advocacy of Land Nationalization; 16. Alfred Russel Wallace and Anti-Vaccinationism in the Late Victorian Cultural Context, 1870-1907; 17. The Universe and Alfred Russel Wallace; 18. Wallace's Unfinished Business; 19. Wallace in Wonderland; 20. Wallace's Dilemmas: The Laws of Nature and the Human Spirit; 21. Wallace, Spiritualism, and Beyond: "Change" or "No Change"?

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