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

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These quotations indicate at once the two driving passions in the life of Alfred Russel Wallace-his fascination with the natural world, and his deep sense of social justice. They ramified into his many works and achivements, and made him, by the end of his life, as famous in Victorian society as the now iconic Charles Darwin.

Natural Selection and Beyond is a remarkable collection of essays, most of them specially commissioned, which consider in depth aspects of the life and ...

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Overview

These quotations indicate at once the two driving passions in the life of Alfred Russel Wallace-his fascination with the natural world, and his deep sense of social justice. They ramified into his many works and achivements, and made him, by the end of his life, as famous in Victorian society as the now iconic Charles Darwin.

Natural Selection and Beyond is a remarkable collection of essays, most of them specially commissioned, which consider in depth aspects of the life and work of the co-discoverer of natural selection. Introduced by Peter Bowler and Lord Cranbrook, and with contributions from twenty-three other distinguished scholars and scientists, the many facets of Wallace's life and thought are at last brought together to produce an engaging and scholarly assessment of Wallace as scientist and socialist, as an astonishingly prolific collector and naturalist, and an influential thinker who questioned the materialism and capitalism that dominated Victorian society.

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"This book is a must have for those interested in the life and career of Alfred Russel Wallace."--Birdbooker Report

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199239177
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,433,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles H. Smith is Professor of Library Public Information Services at Western Kentucky University. His research interests include biogeography and evolutionary theory, systems theory, bibliography, and Alfred Russel Wallace. He has published four books, nearly a hundred journal articles and reviews, and currently maintains the website The Alfred Russel Wallace Page at http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/index1.htm

His previous book publications are Alfred Russel Wallace: An Anthology of his Shorter Writings; Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review; Alfred Russel Wallace: Writings on Evolution, 1843-1912; and Alfred Russel Wallace: Evolution of an Evolutionist. George Beccaloni is Curator in the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum, London. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and Royal Entomological Society of London, he also set up set up the A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund. His purblications include numerous research articles and the following books (as co-editor): Hostplants of the Moth and Butterfly Caterpillars of the Oriental Region; Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of America north of Mexico; and Host-plants of the Neotropical Butterflies: A Catalogue (forthcoming).

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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Bowler vii

Preface Earl of Cranbrook ix

List of Figures xx

List of Plates xxii

List of Tables xxiii

List of Contributors xxiv

Introduction 1

1 Homes Sweet Homes: A Biographical Tour of Wallace's Many Places of Residence George Beccaloni 7

Part I In the World of Nature

2 "Ardent Beetle-Hunters": Natural History, Collecting, and the Theory of Evolution Andrew Berry 47

3 Theory and Practice in the Field: Wallace's Work in Natural History (1844-1858) Melinda Bonnie Fagan 66

4 Wallace's Annotated Copy of the Darwin-Wallace Paper on Natural Selection George Beccaloni 91

5 Wallace and the Species Concept of the Early Darwinians James Mallet 102

6 Direct Selection for Reproductive Isolation: The Wallace Effect and Reinforcement Norman A. Johnson 114

7 The Colours of Animals: From Wallace to the Present Day. I. Cryptic Coloration Tim Caro Sami Merilaita Martin Stevens 125

8 The Colours of Animals: From Wallace to the Present Day. II. Conspicuous Coloration. Tim Caro Geoffrey Hill Leena Lindström Michael Speed 144

9 Alfred Russel Wallace, Biogeographer Bernard Michaux 166

10 Wallace and the Great Ice Age Keith Tinkler 186

11 Wallace, Conservation, and Sustainable Development Sandra Knapp 201

Part II In the World of Man, and Worlds Beyond

12 The "Finest Butterfly in the World?": Wallace and His Literary Legacy Peter Raby 223

13 Wallace and Owenism Gregory Claeys 235

14 Wallace, Women, and Eugenics Diane B. Paul 263

15 Out of "the Limbo of 'Unpractical Politics'": The Origins and Essence of Wallace's Advocacy of Land Nationalization David A. Stack 279

16 Alfred Russel Wallace and Anti-Vaccinationism in the Late Victorian Cultural Context, 1870-1907 Martin Fichman 305

17 The Universe and Alfred Russel Wallace Steven J. Dick 320

18 Wallace's Unfinished Business Charles H. Smith 341

19 Wallace in Wonderland James Moore 353

20 Wallace's Dilemmas: The Laws of Nature and the Human Spirit Ted Benton 368

21 Wallace, Spiritualism, and Beyond: "Change," or "No Change"? Charles H. Smith 391

References Cited 425

Works by Alfred Russel Wallace 425

Works by Other Authors 433

Index 467

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