Infinite Tropics: An Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology

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Verso, 2003 - 430 pages
Alfred Russel Wallace's reputation has been based on the fact that, at age thirty-five and stricken with malaria in the Moluccan Islands, he stumbled independently upon on the theory of natural selection. Andrew Berry's anthology rescue's Wallace's legacy, showing Wallace to be far more than just the co-discoverer of natural selection. Wallace was a brilliant and wide-ranging scientist, a passionate social reformer and a gifted writer. The eloquence that has made his The Malay Archipelago a classic of travel writing is a prominent feature too of his extraordinarily forward-thinking writing on socialism, imperialism and pacifism. Wallace's opinions on women's suffrage, on land reform, on the roles of the church and aristocracy in a parliamentary democracy, on publicly funded education--to name a few of the issues he addressed--remain as fresh and as topical today as they were when they were written.
 

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Contents

Evolution
27
The Ternate Paper
46
Darwin and Natural Selection
58
Evolution by Natural Selection
65
Agreeing with Darwin
68
Disagreeing with Darwin
71
Genetics
75
Name Selection
80
Conversion
215
Spiritualism and Science
227
A World Viewed Through the Lens of Spiritualism
242
Travel
253
Expectations
257
City Life
262
Life in the Field
265
An industrious and persevering traveller
273

Beyond Natural Selection
81
Darwinism
99
Biogeography
102
The Amazon
103
Wallaces Line
106
Synthesis
111
Natural History and Conservation
119
The Amazon
121
Southeast Asia
126
Conservation
140
Geography Geology and Glaciology
148
Geology
150
Glaciology
158
Humans
161
Uncivilised people
163
Human Evolution
169
Human Improvement
204
Spiritualism and Metaphysics
213
Hazardous Voyages
282
American Travels
295
Social Issues
299
Evolution of a Socialist
301
The Land Problem
311
Public Health
325
Institutional Reform
332
Public Education
341
Capitalism and Empire
347
Globalization
358
War and Imperialism
360
Wallace and Darwin
369
Notes
375
Bibliography
403
A Selection of Publications on or about Wallace
408
Index
411
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently proposing a theory of evolution due to natural selection that prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own theory.

Andrew Berry is a research associate at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He contributes to, among others, the London Review of Books, Nature, Slate and The New York Observer.

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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