Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture

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Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture

Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture

  • Author: Jonathan Smith
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521856906
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 349
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A highly illustrated account of Darwin's visual representations of his theories, and their influence on Victorian literature, art and culture, first published in 2006.

Darwin's Worms

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Darwin's Worms

Darwin's Worms

On Life Stories and Death Stories

  • Author: Adam Phillips
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 9780786748617
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 336
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Adam Phillips has been called "the psychotherapist of the floating world" and "the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness." His style is epigrammatic; his intelligence, electric. His new book, Darwin's Worms, uses the biographical details of Darwin's and Freud's lives to examine endings-suffering, mortality, extinction, and death. Both Freud and Darwin were interested in how destruction conserves life. They took their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams. Each told a story that has altered our perception of our lives. For Darwin, Phillips explains, "the story to tell was how species can drift towards extinction; for Freud, the story was how the individual tended to, and tended towards his own death." In each case, it is a death story that uniquely illuminates the life story.

Scientists Debate Gaia

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Scientists Debate Gaia

Scientists Debate Gaia

The Next Century

  • Author: Penelope J. Boston
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 9780262194983
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 377
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Leading scientists bring the controversy over Gaia up to date by exploring a broad range of recent thinking on Gaia theory.

Darwin's Sciences

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Darwin's Sciences

Darwin's Sciences

  • Author: Duncan Porter,Peter Graham
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119045738
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 264
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A complete scientific biography of Darwin that takes into account the latest research findings, both published and unpublished, on the life of this remarkable man. Considered the first book to thoroughly emphasize Darwin’s research in various fields of endeavor, what he did, why he did it, and its implications for his time and ours. Rather than following a strictly chronological approach - a narrative choice that characteristically offers an ascent to On the Origin of Species (1859) with a rapid decline in interest following its publication and reception - this book stresses the diversity and full extent of Darwin’s career by providing a series of chapters centering on various intellectual topics and scientific specializations that interested Darwin throughout his life. Authored by academics with years of teaching and discussing Darwin, Darwin's Sciences is suited to any biologist who is interested in the deeper implications of Darwin's research.

Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History

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Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History

Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History

  • Author: Stephen Jay Gould
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393340864
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 416
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"Lively and fascinating. . . . [Gould] writes beautifully about science and the wonders of nature."—Tracy Kidder Over a century after Darwin published the Origin of Species, Darwinian theory is in a "vibrantly healthy state," writes Stephen Jay Gould, its most engaging and illuminating exponent. Exploring the "peculiar and mysterious particulars of nature," Gould introduces the reader to some of the many and wonderful manifestations of evolutionary biology.

Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries

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Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries

Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries

  • Author: Susan Pearson
  • Publisher: Flash Point
  • ISBN: 1429963301
  • Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Page: 144
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AN INTREPID VOYAGE. A GROUNDBREAKING THEORY. The life and work of one of the world's most influential scientists. Young readers of this altogether fascinating biography follow Charles Darwin not only on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle but also through the thinking that led him to his world-changing theory and most famous work, The Origin of th e Species. Complete with historical photographs and documented passages straight from Darwin's personal diary, this engaging book ensures that a new generation of young readers will get to know one of the scientists who shaped our understanding of the world. Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Darwin the Writer

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Darwin the Writer

Darwin the Writer

  • Author: George Levine
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191620629
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 272
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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, arguably the most important book written in English in the nineteenth century, transformed the way we looked at the world. It is usually assumed that this is because the idea of evolution was so staggeringly powerful. Prize-winning author George Levine suggests that much of its influence was due, in fact, to its artistry; to the way it was written. Alive with metaphor, vivid descriptions, twists, hesitations, personal exclamations, and humour, the prose is imbued with the sorts of tensions, ambivalences, and feelings characteristic of great literature. Although it is certainly a work of "science," the Origin is equally a work of "literature," at home in the company of celebrated Victorian novels such as Middlemarch and Bleak House, books that give us a unique yet recognisable sense of what the world is really like, while not being literally 'true'. Darwin's enormous cultural success, Levine contends, depended as much on the construction of his argument and the nature of his language, as it did on the power of his ideas and his evidence. By challenging the dominant reading of his work, this impassioned and energetic book gives us a Darwin who is comic rather than tragic, ebullient rather than austere, and who takes delight in the wild and fluid entanglement of things.

Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior

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Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior

Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior

  • Author: Robert J. Richards
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226712001
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 718
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With insight and wit, Robert J. Richards focuses on the development of evolutionary theories of mind and behavior from their first distinct appearance in the eighteenth century to their controversial state today. Particularly important in the nineteenth century were Charles Darwin's ideas about instinct, reason, and morality, which Richards considers against the background of Darwin's personality, training, scientific and cultural concerns, and intellectual community. Many critics have argued that the Darwinian revolution stripped nature of moral purpose and ethically neutered the human animal. Richards contends, however, that Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and their disciples attempted to reanimate moral life, believing that the evolutionary process gave heart to unselfish, altruistic behavior. "Richards's book is now the obvious introduction to the history of ideas about mind and behavior in the nineteenth century."—Mark Ridley, Times Literary Supplement "Not since the publication of Michael Ghiselin's The Triumph of the Darwinian Method has there been such an ambitious, challenging, and methodologically self-conscious interpretation of the rise and development and evolutionary theories and Darwin's role therein."—John C. Greene, Science "His book . . . triumphantly achieves the goal of all great scholarship: it not only informs us, but shows us why becoming thus informed is essential to understanding our own issues and projects."—Daniel C. Dennett, Philosophy of Science

Western Civilization

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Western Civilization

Western Civilization

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Civilization, Western
  • Page: N.A
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Darwin And Evolution

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Darwin And Evolution

Darwin And Evolution

  • Author: Paul Strathern
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448107040
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 96
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At a moment of great discovery, one Big Idea can change the world... When it was first published, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, with its now commonplace central idea of 'natural selection', scandalised the world. But in the context of modern times, how do we grasp just how original and daring it was in 1859? Darwin & Evolution is a riveting look into the life of Charles Darwin and his reluctant rise from being a quiet and eccentric bug enthusiast to one of the greatest scientists of all time. Darwin's Big Idea is explained in a straightforward and gripping style, providing an account of the importance of his groundbreaking voyage on HMS Beagle, and the implications of his revolutionary concept of evolution. The Big Idea series is a fascinating look at the greatest advances in our scientific history, and at the men and women who made these fundamental breakthroughs.