Books  Ecological & Biological Sciences  Evolutionary Biology  Evolution 

The Evolution of Evolution: Darwin, Enlightenment and Scotland

By: Walter Stephen

164 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations

Luath Press

Paperback | Nov 2009 | #183602 | ISBN-13: 9781906817237
Availability uncertain: order now to get this when available Details
NHBS Price: £12.99 $17/€15 approx

About this book

The Evolution of Evolution takes a multi-layered approach to history, moving from discussing an important predecessor to Darwin's "Origin of Species", "The Vestiges of Creation" by the Scot Robert Chambers, to analysing episodes from Darwin's life and questioning his motives. Stephen also discusses the contribution other people made to Darwin's theories, both in person and through their own works, finishing by discussing interpretations and developments of Darwin's ideas after his death.

By discussing social factors as well as academic or scientific influences, Stephen combines biography with scientific development and shows that understanding the man and the culture in which he lived is vitally important to understanding Darwin's theory. Stephen also highlights the many Scottish scientists and their ideas which have been overlooked by previous commentators, but who were an essential influence on Darwin.

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this book. Be the first to review this book!


As Chairman of the Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust Walter Stephen was responsible for the books "Think Global, Act Local" and "A Vigorous Institution". He has also written a biography on Willie Park Junior and has degrees in Geography, Economic History and Education. One of his achievements was the establishment and operation for twenty years of Castlehill Urban Studies Centre, the first successful Urban Studies Centre in Britain. He currently lives in Edinburgh.

Bestsellers in this subject

Sexual Selection

NHBS Price: £83.95 $110/€95 approx

Improbable Destinies

NHBS Special Offer Price: £7.99 £9.99 (Save £2.00) $10/€9 approx (ends 31/12/2018)

Unnatural Selection

NHBS Special Offer Price: £26.99 £34.99 (Save £8.00) $35/€31 approx (ends 31/12/2018)

Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits

NHBS Price: £115.00 $150/€130 approx

Eyes to See

Pre-pub offer: £14.99 £19.99 (Save £5.00) $20/€17 approx

VAT: GB 407 4846 44
NHBS Ltd is registered in England and Wales: 1875194