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

Paperback | April 11, 2010

EditorCharles H. Smith, George Beccaloni

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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 recognitionas 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 fieldbiologist, 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 theseareas is still not well known, and still less recognized is his relevance to current day research almost 100 years after his death. This rich collection of writings by more than twenty historians and scientists reviews and reflects on the work that made Wallace a famous man in his own time, and a figure of extraordinary influence and continuing interest today.

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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 recognitionas the 'father' of modern biogeographical st...

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 websi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pagesPublished:April 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. George Beccaloni: Homes Sweet Homes: A Biographical Tour of Wallace's Many Places of ResidencePart I: In the World of Nature2. Andrew Berry: "Ardent Beetle-Hunters": Natural History, Collecting, and the Theory of Evolution3. Melinda Bonnie Fagan: Theory and Practice in the Field: Wallace's Work in Natural History (1844-1858)4. George Beccaloni: Wallace's Annoted Copy of the Darwin-Wallace Paper on Natural Selection5. James Mallet: Wallace and the Species Concept of the Early Darwinians6. Norman A. Johnson: Direct Selection for Reproductive Isolation: The Wallace Effect and Reinforcement7. Tim Caro, Sami Merilaita, Martin Stevens: The Colours of Animals: From Wallace to the Present Day I. Cryptic Coloration8. Tim Caro, Geoffrey Hill, Leena Lindstrom, Michael Speed: The Colours of Animals: From Wallace to the Present Day II. Conspicuous Coloration9. Bernard Michaux: Alfred Russel Wallace, Biogeographer10. Keith Tinkler: Wallace and the Great Ice Age11. Sandra Knapp: Wallace, Conservation, and Sustainable DevelopementPart II: In the World of Man and Worlds Beyond12. Peter Raby: The "Finest Butterfly in the World?" : Wallace and His Literary Legacy13. Gregory Claeys: Wallace and Owenism14. Diane B. Paul: Wallace, Women, and Eugenics15. David A. Stack: Out of "the Limbo of 'Unpractical Politics'": The Origins and Essence of Wallace's Advocacy of Land Nationalization16. Martin Fichman: Alfred Russel Wallace and Anti-Vaccinationism in the Late Victorian Cultural Context, 1870-190717. Steven J. Dick: The Universe and Alfred Russel Wallace18. Charles H. Smith: Wallace's Unfinished Business19. James Moore: Wallace in Wonderland20. Ted Benton: Wallace's Dilemmas: The Laws of Nature and the Human Spirit21. Charles H. Smith: Wallace, Spiritualism, and Beyond: "Change" or "No Change"?

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"A scholarly compendium of everything one could wish to know about Wallace." --Christopher Hudson, Daioy Mail 09.01.09