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In this colorful work of science history, award winning cultural historian Iain McCalman tells the stories of Charles Darwin and his staunchest supporters: Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace. Beginning with the somber morning of April 26, 1882 - the day of Darwin's funeral - Darwin's Armada steps back and recounts the extraordinary lives and discoveries of each of these explorers. who voyaged to the ends of the earth in search of scientific fame. These farflung adventures reshaped their thinking about the natural world and led them to develop and champion the controversial theory of evolution. McCalman recasts the Darwinian revolution as a genuinely collective enterprise, revealing the untold story of Darwin's greatest supporters, who during his life campaigned passionately for the theory of evolution and then lived on to advance the scope of his work.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Darwin's Last Voyage I
Part 1 Charles Darwin and the Beagle, 1831-36
The Prodigal Son 17
The Philosopher at Sea 39
Islands on His Mind 60
Part 2 Joseph Hooker and the Ross Expedition, 1839-43
The Puppet of Natural Selection 85
The Travails of a Young Botanist 106
Pilgrims and Pioneers 127
Part 3 Thomas Huxley and the Voyage of the Rattlesnake, 1846-50
Love and Jellyfish 151
To Hell and Back 175
Walking with Devils 197
Part 4 Alfred Wallace in the Amazon and South-East Asia, 1848-66
A Socialist in the Amazon 221
The Law of the Jungle 245
Boats, Birds and Peoples of Paradise 268
Part 5 The Armada at War, 1859-82
Taking Soundings 293
Epilogue: A Pension for a Captain 363
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book recounts the important voyages which shaped Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace and subsequently how these men became important champions of Darwin's theory of organic evolution. McCalman writes well summarizing the historical details and experiences that shaped their lives and thoughts and ultimately brought them into deep friendship. A book not to be put down until the whole is read. Highly recommended.
Professor McCalman fills out the portrait of Darwin by exploring the voyages of discovery undertaken by the great man's "lieutenants." While Hooker, Huxley and Wallace were first-rate scientists in their own right, history remembers them primarily as defenders of Darwin's theory of natural selection. The personalities of each man emerge in McCalman's thoughtful and appreciative treatment. While Darwin indeed directed the post-1860 assault on the bastion of creationism, he served as a director of this fine group, not as a dictator. The reader is left with a more fulsome and nuanced picture of Darwin, as well as, new insight into the cultural and political aspects of science.