Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture

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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.

Scientists Debate Gaia

The Next Century

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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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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A complete scientific biography of Darwin that takes into account the latest research findings, both published and unpublished, on the life of this remarkable man.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.

Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries

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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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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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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

Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances

Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress

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Author: Martin Procházka,Andreas Höfele,Hanna Scolnicov,Michael Dobson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1611494613

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 470

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Selected contributions to the most prestigious international event in Shakespeare studies, the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress (2011), represent major trends in the field in historical and present-day contexts. Special attention is given to the impact of Shakespeare on diverse cultures, from the Native Americans to China and Japan.

Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

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Author: Martin Farrell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139991795

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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This textbook connects the big ideas and key thinkers of psychology and philosophy in a clear and cohesive theoretical narrative. Students are led to understand the relations between different schools of thought, and to connect the various thinkers, theories and facts in psychology's history. Focusing on the major ideas that have reoccurred throughout history, such as the mind-body problem and the role of the mind in our experience, Martin Farrell shows how specific thinkers have explored the same ideas, but in different ways, leading to distinct schools of thought. The coherent narrative enables students to see the bigger picture, through which the historical and conceptual roots of psychology can be easily understood.

Darwin And Evolution

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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.